Then He took the children in His
placed His hands on each of them,
and blessed them. Mark 10:16
SENT IN LOVING MEMORY OF YOUR BABY
(No Cost To Bereaved Parents)
Morning Light Ministry is a non-profit ministry that relies only on donations to enable the ministry to offer these mementos at no cost to bereaved parents.
The Morning Light Ministry Resource Team is made up of bereaved parents who have been trained over many months. These trained bereaved parents volunteer their time in the position of co-ordinator and as Ministers of Care.
Morning Light Ministry is a ministry and in light of that, we hold each baby who has died tenderly in our hearts, minds and souls. We are all bereaved parents who have experienced the anguish of the death of our own babies.
Morning Light Ministry prayer cards are offered to bereaved parents, siblings of the baby who died and grandparents of the baby who died:
MORNING LIGHT MINISTRY Prayer Cards.
(Available in English, French, Spanish, Italian.)
The prayer card has an illustration of Jesus holding a baby
(from the cover of our MORNING LIGHT book),
comforting Bible passages and a prayer, all specific to the death of a baby.
There is a space to write in your baby's name if you wish to do so.
Creating Your Own Mementos
In Loving Memory of Your Baby
Many bereaved parents find great comfort in creating/purchasing their own mementos in loving memory of their baby who has died through ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, stillbirth, infant death and older child death.
is a list of possible mementos you may want to create or purchase at a
local Christian store in loving memory of your child:
Other bereaved parents find comfort in many other ways as explained in excerpts from:
10 WAYS TO CELEBRATE YOUR BABYS EXISTENCE IN THIS WORLD HOWEVER BRIEF.
73-74, MORNING LIGHT: MISCARRIAGE, STILLBIRTH AND EARLY INFANT DEATH
FROM A CATHOLIC PERSPECTIVE]
To find out more about this book see our webpage MORNING LIGHT BOOK
To order this non-profit book, please see our webpage ORDER FORM
Some parents like to celebrate their baby's birthday (for parents who have experienced a miscarriage, they sometimes have their day of celebration on the day of the miscarriage, some the conception time, others the due date) every year with a cake, candles and perhaps a card that they have made or purchased.
Other parents celebrate their baby's birthday with a poem or a letter they write every year to their baby.
If you would like to do something for your baby every year (whether on the birthday or you create a celebration day) think of the gifts that you possess inside yourself. Some examples are: you may enjoy singing and you might like to sing a song to your baby in a special place (i.e. at home, in a forest, at the cemetery), you may be artistic or enjoy crafts and you can make a gift every year. You could keep it in your home or bring it to the cemetery. You might like to visit your baby's grave or a special place and talk and/or pray to your baby and God. [We, of course, do not pray to our babies but rather, we ask our babies, as saints in heaven, to pray with us and for us.] You may like to attend Mass that day.
If you have other surviving children, you may want to involve them in your birthday celebration. If they are given the opportunity they can come up with their own ways of celebrating like drawing a picture or making a birthday card or celebration card.
You may have a memory embrace when you see something that you might like to purchase to celebrate your baby. Some examples: a picture/painting, flowers, little toy, a doll, a car, a Christmas ornament. You then may like to keep it, give it to someone special or donate it to a charity (in honour of your baby in your heart).
Some parents celebrate the existence of their baby at all of the holidays like Christmas (i.e. an ornament on the tree), St. Valentine's Day (i.e. their other children make valentines for the baby), Easter (i.e. a special basket of candy in honour of the baby that the other children can split up and enjoy!), Thanksgiving (i.e. a special candle lit to thank God for the baby's existence on earth no matter how brief and how the baby lives with God in Heaven).
Many parents feel if they "include" the baby in their family life throughout the year it helps them feel comforted and their surviving children are comforted with the knowledge that they won't be forgotten if they died which some children worry about. The baby then becomes a member of the family that simply has passed on to the Afterlife.
As the surviving children get older, these celebrations may become less significant for everyone (including the parents) and that is okay. It does not mean that the family forgets the baby, it just means that that is the way they grieve. For other families, the celebrations remain significant and that is okay also. Everyone grieves and celebrates in different ways.
Whether a parent likes to "celebrate" or not is unimportant. What is important is that each parent is given an opportunity to grieve in their own way without sarcastic and insensitive comments from others.
parents like to remember their baby by donating money to a favourite charity
every birthday and/or Christmas.
At the Roman Catholic CHURCH
OF THE HOLY INNOCENTS in New York City, you may have the name of your baby
inscribed in a "BOOK OF LIFE" that rests between the statues of the Holy
Family at THE SHRINE OF THE HOLY INNOCENTS within their church. The Shrine
is dedicated in memory of the children who have died unborn. On their website
they have a photograph of the Shrine and THE BOOK OF LIFE FORM to enter
your child's name.
The Shrine always has a candle lit in the memory of all of the babies inscribed in THE BOOK OF LIFE. All day people stop to pray. Every month a Mass is celebrated in honour of these children and for the comfort of their families.
Internet Address: http://www.innocents.com/bookoflife.html
Easy Link: THE SHRINE OF THE HOLY INNOCENTS
To visit the Shrine or to write to them:
CHURCH OF THE HOLY INNOCENTS
128 West 37th Street
New York, New York 10018
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