Women, couples, families suffer when a baby dies by miscarriage. Often those suffering feel isolated because not many people know of the loss. Great comfort comes when someone says "we had a miscarriage, we are so sorry for your loss".
A miscarriage is defined as "the spontaneous loss of a fetus before the 20th week of pregnancy". This is a loss of life. The parents already love this child and have hopes and dreams for this baby.
Statistics say 25% of pregnancies end in miscarriage. That means there are families around us, in our community mourning the loss of a child.
We encourage dialogue about miscarriage and work for awareness and education.
We pray for those who mourn especially those who feel alone in their grief.
Did you know?
Woodlawn Cemetery has a Shared Monument for miscarried and stillborn babies
- Grieving the Child I Never Knew, a devotional collection written by Kathe Wunnenberg to help mothers grieve, is available at the Catholic Centre Library
- The W. A. Edwards Family Centre has a bereavement resource library and grief support groups
The Miscarriage Awareness Committee includes (back, l-r) Russ and Shirley Hannan, Carol Kostiuk, Blake Sittler; (front, l-r) Shannon Granger holding baby Alexis Granger, Deb Bauche and Elan Ehresman. Missing from the photo is Ethna Martin. (Spring 2011)