Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Welcome

If you have found this site, you most likely have lost a baby or are losing one. I'm so very sorry. I hate that anyone would need the information on this site, but I pray that it is helpful to you.

I'm aware that quite a number of non-Orthodox people have accessed this site and found it helpful and that's good. It was never my intention to be exclusive about who is welcome here! Even if you don't share my faith, please do avail yourself of the rest of the site. The pages that are most specific to Orthodoxy are Prayers and Liturgics and the Touchstone article. The Actual Process is entirely medical in nature and the Photographs page is just that. In addition, while many of the stories are about Orthodox families, not all of them are. All of this is simply to say that you should be able to find what you need comfortably without feeling like I'm forcing my faith upon you.

This site is always going to be a work in progress as more parents add their stories and photographs. In addition I will add any relevant news items here on the main page under this post. If there is anything you think should be added here or any corrections you would like to make, again, feel free to email me.

May the most Holy Lady Theotokos, the Mother of God, comfort you in your grief, as she has comforted me in mine.

-Matushka A.


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Photos of Gabriel

I have added some photos of my child Gabriel to the Photographs page. I have not yet written his story. They include a photos of him in and out of the amniotic sac. He was a beautiful baby and I miss him terribly. May his memory be eternal!

Perfect little foot with five perfect little toes

Monday, June 9, 2014

Gabriel [updated]

Within a few weeks I will be adding yet another story and more photographs to this site. Although I've known since Friday, today it was confirmed that we have another baby waiting for us in heaven. Gabriel died at 10 weeks, 6 days. I am waiting to go into labor on my own. I will update when I am able.


Update: Gabriel was born 6-25-14 at 10:42 PM. I posted about it here. Eventually I'll write up the birth story and post it and photographs here. May Gabriel's memory be eternal!

Update #2: I posted some photos of Gabriel here.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Vicki's baby

I have just added a new story to the "Your Stories" page, that of Vicki's baby, Gabriel. Vicki tells her story with much love and detail. From finding out with great delight that she was expecting, to anticipating a miscarriage, then finding out all was well... only to hear the devastating news that they had lost the baby, she graciously shares her grief and her faith.

May Gabriel's memory be eternal!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Dawn's babies

A big thank you to Dawn for sharing photographs of her sweet children with us. David departed this life at 14 weeks and was born two weeks later at 16 weeks. Two photographs of him are on the Photographs page and more can be found on his home page (linked there). Hannah Grace was stillborn at 36 weeks. Like David, two photos of her are posted here and more can be found on her home page (linked there).

May David and Hannah Grace's memory be eternal!

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I just want to thank all of you who have so generously shared photographs of your sweet little ones gone too soon. You may never know who it is that is helped, comforted or touched by seeing your baby. I receive so many emails from women who have been comforted by seeing these photographs, women who, through one reason or another, never got to see their own lost babies. Thank you, so much. Also, I really appreciate the emails so many of you have sent, asking for prayers, letting me know how Lost Innocents helped you, etc. This can be a difficult project to work on and just a short note means so much more than you know.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Jennifer's baby

Thank you so much to Jennifer and Ernie for sharing photographs of their baby, Journey (a combination of their names). Jennifer was nine weeks when her midwife was unable to find a heartbeat. Almost a week later she delivered the baby, still in the sac and attached to the placenta. While she was almost ten weeks into the pregnancy, Journey had stopped growing at six weeks. The photographs are stunning in their clarity and detail. Much like Sara's baby, Simsim, these photographs will be so helpful to so many women who don't know what to expect and what to look for when miscarrying.

May Journey's memory be eternal!