Helping a friend through pregnancy and infant loss is difficult. Here’s a beautiful collection of Catholic gifts and resources for women who have experienced it, and the people who love them, too.
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17 years ago I made a lasagna. I wrapped it in aluminum foil, drove across town, and left it sitting on my friend’s doorstep without saying hello. My experience with miscarriage was limited.
What if I worsened the ache?
Two decades later I still feel out of my element. I’m a mother of three who’s never suffered a loss. But my circle of friends is full of strong, beautiful women who’ve lost babies through miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant death. While I was unsure and hesitant when it came to knowing how to help them, I was amazed at how much each one of them benefitted from the even the smallest acts of love and support.
I know I’m not alone in my fear of saying or doing the wrong thing. It can be difficult to know how to help those you love when they are grieving the loss of a child. To help alleviate that fear and in honor of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month each October, I have compiled a Catholic collection of resources and gifts for pregnancy and infant loss.
Check them out, share them, and support the women in your life who have struggled with loss.
Catholic Resources and Gifts for Pregnancy and Infant Loss
Words of Advice and Comfort
Whether you have lost a child through miscarriage or infant loss or love someone who has, the wisdom of those who have gone before you can be a vital aspect of the healing process. Here, eleven bloggers and editors share their most heartfelt encouragement and advice.
Celebrating 19 Years of Marriage on the Feast of the Holy Innocents – a reflection on miscarriage, marriage, and the Feast of the Holy Innocents
A Song for a Dying Child: 8 Points on How to Live the Experience of a Miscarriage – Personal testimony regarding miscarriage, including tips for those who are suffering because of loss.
Frances – Honoring the life of every child, no matter how brief.
Grieving the Child I Never Knew – review of a beautiful, hardcover, devotional journal for moms who have lost a child in pregnancy or infancy.
How to Support a Friend After Miscarriage – practical tips for supporting a grieving friend
Strengthened Gates and Blessed Children: the Story of Our Miscarriage – a heartfelt post after the loss of Marion, the author’s honeymoon baby
The Children of Infant Loss – A thought-provoking, gentle piece on the sibling impact of infant loss
3 Simple Ways to Ease the Burden of Pregnancy and Infant Loss – Practical advice for those wishing to support a grieving friend.
Miscarriage and Infant Loss: Grieving the Child Who Goes with God – Straightforward emotional and spiritual guidance for the mother experiencing loss.
A blog dedicated to infant loss, grief, and parenting after loss. A beautiful testimony to the sanctity and beauty of life.
Blessed is the Fruit of thy Womb – a thoughtful review of Heidi Indahl’s book
Honoring ALL of My Children, Including The Ones I Never Met – encouragement for the grieving mom, plus ideas for honoring children who have died
Books to Offer Encouragement and Healing
More words of comfort, in physical form.
Gifts to Commemorate a Loss
If you’re looking for a gift to commemorate the loss of a child, take a look at the offerings of these seven Catholic artisans.
This custom embroidered necklace is a subtle way for a mother to honor all her children – on Earth or in Heaven
The Miscarriage Prayer by Mother Angelica: a digital image to download and print at home, or have printed online or at a local copy shop.
Choose any namesake saint to hold your angel in their arms. Hand painted saints and bible story characters customized for you.
Beautiful custom embroidery: a variety of designs can be made into pillows or small blankets for mom to hold. See specifics below; other memorial items available as well.
Fully customizable handmade felt dolls. For multiple losses, multi-colored flowers, hearts, or other details can be added to signify each child.
These digital printables are in honor of every baby and child lost too soon. For the entire month of October, these printables will be $2 ($3 off or 60% off – original price is $5). No coupon code needed.
Pregnancy and infant loss is devastating, but no one has to walk it alone.
These resources are heartfelt and worth sharing. May all who have experienced loss know the comfort of Christ’s love.