Resources

Grief and comfort:

Pregnancy Loss and How to Help

Baby Loss Comfort: grief resources, candles and memorials

What do I say?

Healing Hearts e-cards

Send an e-card to someone who has had an abortion

Empathy cards for pregnancy loss

How to help a friend deal with a miscarriage 

How to help a friend through an abortion

Helping patients through pregnancy loss

Stillbirthday: a pregnancy loss is still a birthday

Dealing with perinatal loss 

What is it about grief left by perinatal loss that makes society so uncomfortable? 

Mizuko Kuyo (an explanation of the Japanese tradition)

Mizuko Kuyo (Wikipedia entry)

Mourning my miscarriage

In Japan, a Ritual of Mourning for Abortions 

8 Things Not to Say to Someone After Abortion

Footprints on my heart: A childbirth educator writes about miscarriage, birth, life, and loss

 

Helping Hands for the Spirit Babies Ceremony:

Reverend Jeremiah Kalendae 

Rev. Gina A. Pond, Between the Worlds Church

Circle of Cerridwen

4M Ministries

Isa Gucciardi, Founding Director, Foundation of the Sacred Stream

Amber Dawn Hallet 

Marna Cathleen

Nicole Fugo

Denise Cicuto

Community support: 

Bay Area Doula Project

Exhale Pro Voice: “the nation’s premiere organization addressing the emotional health and wellbeing of women and men after abortion.”

Backline: All Options Pregnancy Resource Center “Backline promotes unconditional and judgment-free support for people in all their decisions, feelings and experiences with pregnancy, parenting, adoption and abortion.”

Sharing your story:

Sea Change Program – Transferring the culture of reproductive stigma

The Abortion Diary Podcast – One Diary. Countless Stories. There is no shame in having an abortion. Come out. Share your story. Break the silence.

Other local events:

A Ceremony for Children Who Have Died (Green Gulch Farm, Muir Beach, CA)

Books & music:

Here are some book suggestions for more inspiration:

A Cry from the Womb by Gwendolyn Awen Jones

Spirit Babies by Walter Makichen

Mishkan R’fuah: Where Healing Resides by Rabbi Shira Stern and Rabbi Eric Weiss (also ritualwell.org has some beautiful Jewish prayers)

Tears of Sorrow, Seeds of Hope by Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin 

Liquid Life: Abortion and Buddhism in Japan by William R. Lafleur

Jizo Bodhisattva: Guardian of Children, Travelers and other Voyagers by Jan Chozen Bays

All of these books are available on Amazon (some as kindle versions).

The Descent by Mage of Machines – a musical journey to the Underworld and the Isle of Apples to meet and talk to our ancestors.

Statuary and Jewelry:

The jizo statue we got was also from Amazon. This is a reasonably priced one!

Sacred Source – Goddess statues that use Fair Trade organizations and small businesses. They are also committed to environmental awareness.

Miscarriage Memories – Twin footprints on heart charm

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