Monday, August 17, 2015

Seeking Tiny Hats

For a few years I made and donated tiny hats to the Calvin's Hats ministry. They collected hats people made and sent them in batches to hospitals and other ministries, and mailed out individual hats to people who requested them. The hats ranged in size from absolutely tiny to that which would fit a small orange.

Sadly, Calvin's Hats was a victim of its own success and the ministry had to shut down. My good friend Michelle started a ministry, Common Care, for those who suffered a pregnancy or infant loss and she had been distributing hats from a batch donation from Calvin's Hats. They're all but gone now and she needs more hats in stock to be able to give to grieving families. I volunteered to make and send her some but realized that I am only one person! Can any of you who knit or crochet consider making a few hats and setting them aside for Common Care?

There are some linked patterns on Lost Innocents as well as available by internet search. If anyone has specific questions about size, material, etc., I am happy to answer them. The majority of the hats will not be actually worn by the babies in question, but should still be made of soft, not scratchy or very bulky yarn. Hats in all lighter colors would be good, avoiding super-saturated brights. Having a good number of gender neutral colors is also good. Feel free to add any tiny bows or embellishments that make the hat personal. I will attach some photos below this post to serve as some examples.

Michelle is in the middle of moving between states so the address I have will not be active until August 26th. In addition, because it is a private address, please email to ask for it (lostinnocentsorthodox@gmail.com). A dedicated PO box will be set up at a later date.

God bless you for your efforts! From what I have heard from bereaved families, these hats are treasured more than you can imagine.





New photos and stories

A big 'thank you' to Sandra and Leonie for sharing their stories and photos of their miscarried children. I am always humbled by the generosity with which women contact me and ask me to post their photos and stories. This helps other suffering women so much! May God bless you all for your kindness!


Sunday, July 5, 2015

Memorial Video: Isaiah, 13 weeks

You might recognize Isaiah from his photos here on Lost Innocents. You can read his story, and that of his older brother Micah on the blog, Always Their Mother.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Lost Innocents on Facebook

Lost Innocents is now on Facebook. There probably won't be many things there that you can't find here, but I will share any new posts or site updates on the FB page. There will not be photographs of babies on that page because of the tendency for such photos to be misused/vilified on FB.

https://www.facebook.com/lostinnocents

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 Anna


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

New page: Help for Men

I started a new page, "Help for Men", to address some specific concerns that men have during and after pregnancy loss. It is a work in progress. If you have suggestions, please leave them in the comments on this post! I appreciate any help.