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comfort and resources for the journey through pregnancy loss
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GIFTS FOR YOUR JOURNEY

Hello Dear Friend,

I want you to know that you are on my heart and even though I do not know each of you personally, you are in my prayers. Your little ones are precious and they are not forgotten. Grief is a long journey, and although time lessens the pain, nothing will ever fully fill the hole in our heart that longs to hold our babies. Thankfully our loving Creator holds them alive and well in heaven.

If you haven't already, you can click HERE to download a FREE Guide for the Grieving Mama that I created with steps to help you walk this journey, as well as a booklist and a beautiful printable. 

Also if you missed the initial e-letter full of encouragement and some more book recommendations, you can access that HERE.

And if you know of a friend that could benefit from this e-letter and these resources would you consider sharing this link with them to sign-up?

 

JOURNEYING WITH YOUR PARTNER

One of the things I found most difficult on the journey through pregnancy loss was how differently my husband and I dealt with it. I found it healing to talk about my emotions, but it was hard for him to communicate about the loss. Where I found freedom in processing the experience, it was more painful for him to speak or hear about it. Thankfully we met with both pastors and counselors who assured us that it is normal for men and women to have different ways of grieving. Neither of our ways were "right" or "wrong", they were just different. The more we gave each other space to mourn in the way that made sense to our own hearts, the more we were able to journey together in an understanding way instead of feeling alone and frustrated.

One of the best pieces of advice I received after our first loss, was that grief is a roller coaster with unpredictable highs and lows. It's ok to fall apart in the grocery store, and it's ok to have a good day and laugh with friends. When I was going through valleys, I found it helpful to journal my feelings, read others' stories of loss and hope or talk with girlfriends who had also experienced pregnancy loss. This helped me to not bottle my feelings up and feel heard. And it allowed me to connect with my husband when he was ready instead of forcing him to talk when the emotions were too raw for him.



I will turn their mourning into joy;
I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.

- Jeremiah 31:13b
" Just because we don't understand doesn't mean that the explanation doesn't exist.” 

- Madeleine L'Engle

 

MOURNING INTO JOY STORIES

If you would like to share your story as a way of encouraging other mamas, I am hosting a weekly Instagram series of mamas sharing their stories of loss and hope. If you're interested please reply to this email or message me at @sharonmckeeman on IG. You can also tag your photos with #mourningintojoystories and read other mamas' stories there...

Also Hope Mommies is a wonderful resource and community. I recently wrote about my rainbow pregnancy THERE, and you can read more about our journey through pregnancy loss and the recent birth of our little miracle baby HERE.

There is always hope friends.
with love,
Sharon

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