Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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


Monday, February 6, 2017

Photographs and Stories updates

Many thanks to Molli, T., and Amber for sharing photographs of their babies. Molli's baby, George, died at 8 weeks, 4 days, and his story is on the Your Stories page. T.'s baby is the earliest miscarriage included on the Photographs page at 4 weeks and 2 days. Amber's baby, Rowan, died at 8 weeks, 5 days, and is the older of twins, his twin having died at 6 weeks.

May their memory be eternal!

These stories and photographs help more people than you can possibly know. I get emails all the time from people thanking me for providing the information and photographs on this site, and that help is largely due to the gracious submissions by parents like you. At the very least (and this isn't a small thing) these photographs and stories give other grieving parents the consolation that they are not alone, that their babies did and do matter. Thank you so much for your assistance.