We recently asked for input given Joel and I are working on developing a new miscarriage/stillbirth/perinatal loss support group for our diocese. Wow, ask and you shall receive! I shouldn’t be surprised. 25% of pregnancies end in miscarriage. Many of us have been emotionally jolted by the loss of a child (or grandchild/niece/nephew, etc), and feel passionate about helping others who find themselves in the throes of it, too. Joel and I are grateful for the heartfelt and emotional comments and suggestions provided. (You can still provide input here.)
There are two particularly powerful resources that were brought to my attention.
A priest in the Diocese of Saskatoon pointed us to the miscarriage awareness work being done in his diocese (that’s in Canada for you geographically-challenged). Folks there have created some outstanding resources and organized them in a central location here. Bookmark it and share with appropriate individuals as an illustration of what can be done at the diocesan level.
2. Support for Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Perinatal Loss by Melanie Gillespie
I’ve mentioned Melanie, aka The Rosary Chick, many times here before. She and her family identified ten key things you can do to support a family grieving the loss of a child. As Melanie so eloquently writes, “I think many families and, especially, many mothers, suffer the pain of miscarriage in silence. That isn’t to say this topic is comfortable for anyone, but sometimes love calls us into unfamiliar places.” Head over to her site and read more.
If you are aware of other helpful resources, please share. We are currently redeveloping this site and intend on having a landing page devoted to miscarriage support and resources.