Miscarriage and Infant Loss
“Our witness to life must address the pain and grieving experienced by those who have lost a child. Just as we recognize the humanity of the unborn child lost to abortion, we must acknowledge equally the unborn child lost to miscarriage. … As members of the body of Christ, the Church, we are called to bear witness to the loss of every life, no matter how brief or small.” (Life Issues Forum: Loving Parents After Miscarriage)
If you or a loved one has recently suffered the loss of an infant child or a child in the womb, please know of our prayers and condolences. We hope that this page can be a helpful resource to you. Please do not hesitate to call Mary Helen Russell at (512) 949-2488.
- Gina Dominguez is starting a prayer-support and awareness group for the Austin area on the topics of infant loss, miscarriage and stillbirth. You can contact her here. You can read her witness and appeal, titled Joining in the Pain Brought by Stillbirth, Miscarriage and Infant Death as a Well-formed Community of Love in English and Spanish.
- Sarah's Hope and Abraham's Promise, a movement of the Rabboni Institute, is available in the Austin area to support couples suffering a miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death.
- M.E.N.D. (Mommies Enduring Neonatal Death) is a Christian, non-profit organization that reaches out to families who have suffered the loss of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, or early infant death.
- For those wishing to memorialize a child lost, Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep photography provides free portraits to parents suffering from miscarriage or stillbirth.
- Elizabeth Ministry International has a Grieving Family Fund. You can donate here and you can reach out for support here. They also offer free burial gowns and blankets and burial vessels.
- Often children who have died before birth have no grave or headstone, and sometimes not even a name. At The Church of The Holy Innocents, you are invited to name your child(ren) and to have the opportunity to have your baby's name inscribed in their Book of Life.
- Raphael's Refuge has a memorial in honor of babies, born and unborn. They also provide peer counseling for those suffering a loss of a baby due to miscarriage, abortion, stillbirth and infant death.
- Elizabeth Ministry International has a Wall of Remembrance.
- Garden of Innocent Angels
- The remains of your child should be treated with care and respect and be buried in a cemetery, as we would with the body of any deceased person. If you deliver at a hospital or have a procedure at the hospital, you should be able to ask your physician for the remains for the sake of burial, and they should comply with your request. For more information, read Burial Shows Reverence for Miscarried Baby’s Body from Elizabeth Ministry International.
- Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery in Georgetown has special burial grounds for children who have died in the womb or as infants. They donate the place of internment and perpetual care. The cost for the marker and the documentation $225. Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery also has an anonymous donor who can help if needed. The Director of Family Services at the cemetery is Jimmy Shields, and he can be reached at (512) 863-8411.
- Ronald McDonald House can assist with costs of up to $350. The social worker at your hospital should be able to connect you.
Christ Child Society of Texas, Capital Area can provide a layette gown for burial. You can contact them directly or contact our Pastoral Care Coordinator at (512) 949-2488.
- Mourning a Miscarriage: This booklet of prayers offers couples facing the loss of a baby through miscarriage comfort, understanding and expression.
- Suffering a Stillborn or Newborn Death: This booklet of prayers offers couples facing the loss of a baby through stillbirth or newborn death comfort, understanding and expression.
- Elizabeth Ministry Interntional has many resources and gifts available.
- After Miscarriage: A Catholic Woman’s Companion To Healing And Hope by Karen Edmisten is an, "authentically human and spiritual" book written for women suffering from miscarriage. It features the stories of women who have suffered the same loss, as well as information, resources and other notes.
- Solace and Strength in the Sorrow of Miscarriage is one woman's story of her personal experience comforting a family suffering from miscarriage.
- A Path to Healing After Miscarriage from Elizabeth Ministry International
- Loving Parents After Miscarriage from the USCCB
If we can provide you with additional resources and support, please do not hesitate to contact Mary Helen Russell at (512) 949-2488.