Nothing can prepare a home for the death of a child. Such a tragedy requires time and the love of family to heal deep wounds.
Child of My Heart Ministry
'Blessed are they who mourn: for they shall be comforted.' Matthew 4:5
Have you or someone you love experienced the loss of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss?
Are you thinking you are all alone in your grief and not quite sure where to turn?
Child of My Heart is a Catholic based ministry in the Diocese of Wichita for parents experiencing this very grief. The three mothers/families supporting this ministry have experienced their own losses and understand the uniqueness of the grieving process. Each story is as unique as the person telling it and everyone is at a different stage, whether it's been a recent loss or if it's been a few years.
Child of My Heart: meets the 2nd Monday of every month at 7:00 pm at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 861 N Socora, in the Bonaventure Center (old rectory, in between the church and school). Group meetings each month, we'll have a topic to share, such as reaching out to the Saints in our grief, or an activity, such as making remembrance ornaments at Christmas.
There is a monthly group meeting, but because of the uniqueness of each story, those interested are encouraged to contact one of those listed below directly, individually, to share, cry, laugh, listen, pray.
These books, full of first hand experiences and the advice of people who have been there, may help along that journey.
The Death of a Child
Elaine Stillwell's book The Death of a Child has been called "the most masterfully written book on the death of a child ever published." She writes with depth, understanding, compassion, and hope. Many find comfort in these pages for the death of a child at any age.
Life After the Death of My Son: What I’m Learning
Dennis Apple offers a raw and emotional look at the unexpected loss of his 18 year old son and the grief process that his wife and he went through following his departure. Far from conveying despair to his readers, Dennis instills hope in the grieving heart as well as the 10 powerful life lessons he's learned from his journey.
Alive Alone is an online organization for the education and charitable purposes to benefit bereaved parents whose only child or all children are deceased. They provide a self-help network and publications to promote communication and healing. They will also assist in resolving grief and can network parents with each other that are close geographically to provide connection with someone who is going through the same grief process as yourself.
Compassionate Friends is a national nonprofit, self-help support organization that offers friendship, understanding, and hope to bereaved parents, grandparents, and siblings who have lost a child. They have local chapters in Wichita (316-304-9656), Newton (316-835-2495), Hutchinson (620-662—393), and Chanute (620-431-2906).