Suffering in Silence: Ministering (Part 1) – Recognize Their Loss

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“I lost my first baby in mid April. I dreaded Mother’s Day that year for obvious reasons. A very kind mother/grandmother from church came to talk to me…she told me that I was still a mother though I didn’t have a child on earth. Sometimes, just one person truly acknowledging your grief can comfort you in ways unexplainable. I will forever be grateful.” ~~A Miscarriage Mommy~~

“I would like others to know that it’s OK to say something about my son and that you won’t hurt me by talking about him; actually quite the opposite. It is nice to know that he is remembered by others.”  ~~A Stillbirth Mommy~~

“For me 7 years later, having people bring up (my son), not pretend it never happened, is healing.”  ~~An Infant Loss Mommy~~

The words you read above came from three different mothers I know who have lost children, and they echo the sentiments I have read and heard from so many others. The first step in beginning to minister to those who are grieving the loss of a child is to recognize their loss. Whether they miscarried early in their first trimester, brought a “sleeping” baby into this world, or gave birth to a child only to lose him months later, all of these mothers lost something. They lost a precious, specially designed creation of God. Continue reading “Suffering in Silence: Ministering (Part 1) – Recognize Their Loss”

Suffering in Silence: Did You Know?

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Did you know that 2,000 women in the United States will suffer a pregnancy or infant loss today! Yes, just today! By the end of this year, the number of those affected will rise to nearly 700,000 – or 25% of the female population of the United States!! [1. http://archive.wired.com/geekdad/2011/10/national-pregnancy-and-infant-loss-awareness-day-i-am-1-in-4/%5D Think about that for minute. 25%!! According to these statistics, one out of every four of the women in your circle of friends and family is likely to face this pain! Continue reading “Suffering in Silence: Did You Know?”