Support during miscarriage

The Amethyst Network

Whenever I've written here or on Facebook about pregnancy loss, I've heard a clear request for more support for Pagans experiencing loss, specifically support that isn't overwhelmingly Christian in language and ideas. I think The Amethyst Network is one organization that can help. Their mission is to provide doula support and "to break the social taboo surrounding talking about miscarriage, and to support, advocate, educate, comfort, and share our stories of loss, grief, and hope."I find it … [Read more...]

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Rituals to Honor Miscarriage

“Ritual opens a doorway in the invisible wall that seems to separate the spiritual and the physical. The formal quality of ritual allows us to move into the space between the worlds, experience what we need, and then step back and once more close the doorway so we can return to our lives enriched.” --Rachel Pollack, The Power of Ritual There is no right or wrong way to plan a ritual or ceremony to acknowledge your baby and your miscarriage experiences. Some women may wish to do a “lot,” some wom … [Read more...]

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Holidays After Loss: Spirit Babies Ceremony

Candle Lotus

Editor's Note: The Amethyst Network, a miscarriage support organization, is launching a new blog circle series: As part of our efforts at sharing stories and creating healing circles, we are launching blog circles here at TAN. Each month we will post a brief message introducing the theme for the month, and inviting you to participate in the circle. All you need to do is put your name and link into the Mr Linky widget at the end of this post, and your blog post can be included in the circle. Pos … [Read more...]

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Guardian of the Womb

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By MollySometimes for me the Goddess is a symbol—of my own personal power, of Nature, and of women’s strength and value. Sometimes, like during the death/birth of my third son, She is a literal presence in my life. In November 2009, my third son died during my second trimester of pregnancy. My birth-miscarriage experience with him was a powerful and transforming experience and I was left with a sense of openness to change. A receptivity to larger forces and powers in the world.  Indeed, it … [Read more...]

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There is a crack in everything

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"I have always believed in the need to acknowledge life's darkness in order to fully experience love-magic. This has never been so clear to me as now, after the birth of my baby girl." -Francesca Lia Block in Guarding the MoonRecently on the Pagan Families Facebook page there's been a lot of talk of miscarriage, stillbirth, and other often deeply challenging and painful experiences related to pregnancy and loss.It seems that one of the hardest things about experiencing such a painful … [Read more...]

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From the editor’s desk: Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

There are no words

Pagan Families has mostly been a place to amass our collective resources related to Paganism and the childbearing year, and I've tried to mostly be a quiet editor behind the scenes.  But I don't want to seem like the pathetic Wizard trying to pull one over on Dorothy and her friends from behind a curtain, and I do want you to feel like this is a welcoming space where you can bring your experiences and questions.  So I'm going to try out being less the silent editor and more the welcoming host h … [Read more...]

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The first Spirit Babies ceremony in San Francisco

Candles and rememberances

By SilverwingOn the night of the Winter Solstice this year, between fifty and sixty people gathered in the chapel at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in San Francisco.  Women and their loved ones came to honor their ‘spirit babies’ - those who had been lost due to a miscarriage, abortion and stillbirth.  It was standing room only.As people entered the chapel, we invited them to write out thoughts and prayers and place them on the altar.  For those who couldn’t make it to the cerem … [Read more...]

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How the Spirit Babies Interfaith Ceremony came to be

Candle Lotus

By SilverwingMany years ago, a friend told me about the Mizuko Jizo, a Japanese deity that watches over the spirits of those who were miscarried, aborted or stillborn.  There are temples with gardens of hundreds of these jizo statues.  There is a place in Japanese society for women to grieve openly about their pregnancy losses.  There are ceremonies in Japanese temples for this, called Mizuko Kuyo.  The spirits of the unborn are called ‘mizuko’ or ‘water babies’ and they may come back again s … [Read more...]

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