After a miscarriage: Where to turn for support

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About two in 10 women will experience a miscarriage, or a loss of pregnancy that occurs within the first 20 weeks. Although miscarriage is common, it is often not talked about and can leave parents feeling alone and devastated. No matter the stage of pregnancy, the connection is very real and often minimized because their baby never lived.

This type of grief can be complicated, depending on personal experiences. There is no right or wrong approach to move through a miscarriage. Finding ways to process through the myriad of emotions is important, as is connecting with good tools to mourn well. Support from others can be key, but you also can create your own means of bringing balance back into your world. Some people find exercise and physical movement helpful, while others relish moments of prayer and meditation.

Support from friends and family can be vital, but it may be difficult for them to know how to be supportive. Often, less is more. Simply creating a safe space to listen and be present provides the greatest comfort. Providing tangible action is helpful too, like offering to mow the lawn or providing a meal.

Seeking outside support can be a great resource for healing. A peer support group or individual counseling can help you process through your miscarriage.

Lory’s Place is a grief healing and education center and a program of Caring Circle, that provides peer assistance group opportunities free of charge.

For more information on services, call 269.983.2707 or visit lorysplace.org

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