Praying for the Family is Not Enough in Miscarriage

Tea & Crumples deals extensively with grief from pregnancy loss. Here are my thoughts this eve of the National Day of Awareness for Pregnancy and Infant Loss.

Summer Kinard

I can tell the religious background of someone offering condolences straight away.

Protestants: My prayers are with their family and loved ones.

Humanists: My thoughts are with you in this difficult time.

Catholics: God grant them rest, and may light perpetual shine upon them. Or My prayers are with them and their families.

Orthodox: Memory eternal! I’m praying for them and the consolation of their family.

Do you see the difference? Protestants and Humanists pray for survivors, but the older traditions pray also for the dead. I used to think the difference didn’t matter. Any and all good thoughts or prayers are welcome in a time of crisis. But when I lost a baby through miscarriage, it was only the prayers that included the baby that comforted me. They were the only prayers that made me feel that the baby was really present with God. They…

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