Miscarriage and Infant Loss Support

Heart of My Heart

Miscarriage and Infant Loss
Support Ministry


If you are here, you have likely suffered the unthinkable loss of miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss. We’re sorry. We are so terribly sorry, for your pain, for your despair, for your anger, for your sorrow.

We understand because we have been there. It is the courageous families who drank the cup of infant loss, who have inspired the development of this ministry.

You are loved, you are not alone in your loss, and God’s mercy is infinite.

Full Digital Resource Guides
For Clergy
For Families


BURYING THE DEAD: A VITAL CORPORAL WORK OF MERCY

The Church understands that burying the dead is one of the corporal works of mercy (CCC 2447). The Church also affirms, “As regards children who have died without Baptism, the Church can only entrust them to the mercy of God, as she does in her funeral rites” (CCC 1261).

Miscarried and stillborn babies are children who have died without Baptism. This may also be the case with children who die soon after birth. Please know that you have a right to bury your miscarried child like any other family member. You also have a right to a Funeral or Memorial Mass for your child, no matter how early you miscarried, and even if you do not have bodily remains.

Please speak to your local parish and priest about your options. Not only is this a vital corporal work of mercy, but the opportunity to seek healing in our Lord is invaluable.

Burial, Cremation, and Funeral Homes Resource Sheet
Gallery of Photos of Cemetaries, Columbaria, and Memorials

CASKETS, VESSELS, AND URNS

Heaven's Gain

Elizabeth Ministry

Trappist Caskets for Infants

 


MISCARRIAGE DELIVERY AIDS

A Miscarriage Delivery Aid (sometimes called a Miscarriage Collection Kit) is a package containing a few ordinary items that assist families in retrieving and preserving their miscarried child’s remains, when a miscarriage occurs at home. This allows families to bury or cremate their child’s remains in accordance with our Catholic faith.

These kits are available at no cost to families in our Diocese at the parish level. Contact your parish office if you are in need of a kit. If a parish is out of kits, more can be obtained directly through the Respect Life Apostolate.

For instructions for using a Diocese-provided kit or for ideas to make your own please reference Caring for Your Child's Remains.

 


Memorial Masses

September 15th: Miscarriage & Infant Loss Mass, on the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows
Saint Benedict Catholic Church, Falcon, CO

October 15th: National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Memorial Day
Wave of Light at Holy Apostles Catholic Church, Colorado Springs, CO

December 28th: Holy Innocents Mass, Location varies by year in our Diocese

 

Monthly Memorial Masses are available through the Precious Lives Burial ministry at Mt Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

If your parish offers a Memorial Mass for preborn losses and would like to be added to this list kindly contact Ashley Slack (contact information below).


HEALING, COUNSELING, AND SUPPORT

Colorado Springs Miscarriage & Infant Loss Support Group

One-on-one and group support are available from those who have walked through miscarriage and infant loss and healing. Contact Jenni Helgoth at (719) 244-5031 or Ashley Slack at (719) 960-7197. Formation of a formal support group is currently a work in progress. We appreciate your patience.

Additional Healing & Support Resources are available and include Stephen Ministry, Diocese approved counselors and Catholic Charities.


FROM THE CHURCH

USCCB: Solace and Strength in the Sorrow of Miscarriage

USCCB: Loving Parents After Miscarriage

ITC: The Hope of Salvation for Infants Who Die Without Being Baptised

 

POINT OF CONTACT

Ashley Slack
(719) 960-7197
Email: ashnslack@gmail.com

 

PLEASE COMPLETE THE INTEREST FORM BELOW IF THIS GROUP, AND OPPORTUNITY TO SEEK HEALING, APPEALS TO YOU.

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