Miscarriage Resources

If you are visiting this page because you have experienced a miscarriage, I first want to tell you how sorry I am. Words cannot express the agony you have gone through, and the pain you still carry with you today.

One of the reasons I started writing about my grief was because it helped me to process things. But I also wanted to share my thoughts and feelings on the matter with other grieving fathers and mothers, so that they might know that they are not alone.

This page will collect the various blogs, books, and organizations that have been a source of healing or comfort to my wife and me. May these resources be as helpful to you - or your loved ones - as they have been to us.

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Books

From Father to Father: Letters from Loss Dad to Loss Dad
This book by Emily Long is a collection of letters written by loss fathers, for loss fathers. I was honored to be allowed to contribute to this book. I dedicated a blog post to this book back when it was released, which you can find here. You can purchase the book on Amazon.

You Are Not Alone: Letters from Loss Mom to Loss Mom
Before From Father to Father, Emily Long collected letters written by loss moms to other loss moms. My wife told me that this book was the most comforting of any books she read after our losses. It is a very powerful experience reading a letter written to you, for you, by someone who - more than most - understands what you are going through. You can purchase this book on Amazon.

Blogs

A Blog About Miscarriage
Mandi and her husband David are a Catholic couple who have lost four children to miscarriage - Francis Michael, Julian Gabriel, Adrienne Rafael, and Christian Michael. Mandi writes about - among other topics - the pain of miscarriage, honoring her children in heaven, and dealing with family and friends who don't quite understand what she's going through. You can find her blog here, or Like or Follow her Facebook page here.

Organizations/Websites

Catholic Miscarriage Support
This website was one of the most helpful resources for my wife after our miscarriages. It is full of resources for parents who have suffered loss. On the practical side, there is information about what happens next - what your medical options are for delivery, how to talk to children and others about the loss, options for funerals or memorials, etc. There are also articles about spiritual and emotional support, as well as a whole host of links to other books, services, and websites that might help. You can find all of this at www.catholicmiscarriagesupport.com.

Immaculate Hope Ministries
Immaculate Hope was founded by Nathan and RyAnne Carr after they lost their son, Caleb Benedict, to stillbirth. Their mission is "to bring healing and restoration to those who have suffered the darkness, brokenness, and emptiness of pregnancy loss by accompanying them with a living hope during their time of need, so that they might encounter the Risen Christ and experience restoration in their lives." Nathan and RyAnne lead day-long retreats for grieving parents, featuring prayer, group discussion, and couple dialogue. Jess and I attended one of their retreats in July of 2016, and it was a very powerful experience. Sharing the story of my losses with the other fathers at the retreat was the first major step I took towards processing my grief since Elliot's funeral five months before. You can find out more at the Immaculate Hope website, here.

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