Supporting a friend through miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss can be difficult, especially if you don’t know where to start. But don’t be afraid to reach out to the grieving, as there are a number of beautiful Catholic resources and gifts suitable for commemorating a mother’s loss.
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17 years ago I made a lasagna.
I followed my mother’s recipe, wrapped it carefully in aluminum foil, and drove across town with my fiance. We pulled into a driveway; I sat in the car for a moment and waited.
“Do you want me to deliver it?” he asked. He could see the indecision on my face.
This was my colleague’s third loss. Up to this point, my only experience with the loss of a child was to a high school friend’s older sister. I was 16, self-centered, and thought I never everything about everything.
I walked out of the church after the baby’s funeral, turned to the family, and mumbled something about angels and God’s will.
Definitely not something I wanted to repeat.
Two decades have passed. I’ve been married for 16 years, we have three kids, and I’m a statistical anomaly: each of my pregnancies has ended in a healthy birth. My circle of friends, however, counts a number of strong, beautiful women among it who’ve navigated the heavy waters of miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant death.
Each woman has grieved in her own way and her own time. Walking with her on her unique journey has opened my eyes to a number of Catholic gifts and resources which not only commemorate the little life she treasures but also offer prayerful support.
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.
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.
Postpartum After Loss – Postpartum tips from a mother of six children, only one of which is living.
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 on stillbirth, infant loss, and miscarriage
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.
Catholic Labor Encouragement CardsMother Angelica’s Miscarriage PrayerEmbroidered Bird’s Nest Memorial NecklaceName Saint Memorial Peg DollZelie Martin Quote Memorial BlanketSaints in Heaven Felt DollPregnancy Loss Sympathy PrintCertificate of Life
From left to right:
Catholic labor and delivery encouragement cards. Six laminated cards featuring scripture and words of encouragement for the mother in labor.
A digital image featuring this miscarriage prayer by Mother Angelica. Download and print at home or have printed 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.
Digital printables in honor of every baby and child lost too soon.
A pro-life ministry providing free Certificates of Life to grieving parents.
So maybe one day you’ll find yourself in the kitchen making a lasagna from your mother’s recipe.
You’ll wrap it in aluminum foil and drive across town, then sit in the driveway, thinking.
What if I say something wrong? What if I cause her more pain? What if she doesn’t want to see or talk to anyone? Should I drive away?
No. Leave the lasagna. Send her a message. Write her a card. Reach out and let her know that you don’t just remember her – you remember her baby.
Let her know she doesn’t have to mourn alone.
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