"Often children who have died before birth have no grave or headstone, and sometimes not even a name. At The Church of The Holy Innocents, we invite you to name your child(ren) and to have the opportunity to have your baby's name inscribed in our "BOOK OF LIFE". Here, a candle is always lit in their memory. All day long people stop to pray. On the first Monday of every month, our 12:15pm Mass is celebrated in honor of these children and for the comfort of their families."The above mentioned quote comes directly from the Church of the Holy Innocents website.
After I miscarried, I posted a note on my facebook page. A seminarian friend of mine sent me a message. It was so sweet, but I didn't actually read it until today. I noticed that he sent me some links that he received from the nuns at the convent next door. He is in a seminary half-way across the country, so I figured they wouldn't really be of any help to me. Was I
My friend sent me a link to Morning Light Ministry, a Catholic ministry dedicated to helping bereaving parents of miscarried, stillborn, and children who died in infancy. There are prayers, words of comfort and many more aids for bereaving parents. You can order a special prayer card in your baby's name. I plan on visiting this website again to read and to order a special prayer card.
My dear friend also sent me a link to the Centre for Reproductive Loss. After reading a little here and there, I stumbled upon the "links" icon. I was suprised that there are so many organizations dedicated to fertility, infant loss, miscarriage and abortion. Again I felt
Anywho. The Shrine of the Holy Innocents has a book of names of children who were miscarried, stillborn or died in early infancy. If you have miscarried, experienced a loss through stillbirth or infant death, you can have your baby's name written in this book. You can even receive a certificate that acknowledges the life of your child, no matter how brief it may have been. When I saw this, I stopped what I was doing to blog about it. If you have ever experienced a tragic loss of a little loved one, I urge you to check out the links I have mentioned.
On another note, my daughter helped me finish our baby casket. I thought I would share our pictures. It was made with love. Please excuse the bad lighting. My camera takes less than acceptable photos when the object of capture is all white.
petalbox template from homespun-threads.com and cut it out of white felt. The baby will be placed inside a heart shaped box inside of this petalbox. I sewed on a little bit of pink ribbon (all I could find) and a little button. Right now it is just pinned together.
“Then He took the children in His arms,
placed His hands on each of them,
and blessed them.” Mark 10:16