Today’s post will give you another face of a real family that is going through the very tragedy that makes Pregnancy & Infant Awareness Month so important. I came across this woman’s story today, shared by one of my Embracing Grace friends, and it is absolutely tearing me up. I hope you will follow the link below to read the full story and consider helping this family financially. The summary is that, like us, she underwent fetal surgery. Her’s was for twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome, and was successful. But in the weeks that followed, she delivered prematurely, lost one of the twin boys, discovered she has an aggressive form of breast cancer and began treatment, and the other twin is in the NICU where he’s expected to remain for another six weeks. She is 34. Please pray with me for this woman and her family. If you are able to help with their medical expenses, I know beyond doubt that it will be so very appreciated.
Originally posted on Embracing Grace:
Please take a moment…. right now…. to pray for those you know, and those you don’t know, who have lost a baby.
In 1988, President Ronald Reagan designated October as Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month – an action that launched the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Movement. Although over a quarter century has passed, this issue remains prevalent as, each year, approximately a million pregnancies in the United States end in miscarriage, stillbirth, or the death of the newborn child.
Did you know that:
- One in four pregnancies ends in the loss of a baby
- The loss of a child is recognized as the most intense cause of grief
- Parents never “get over” the loss of a child – no matter the age
- Parents experiencing grief without supportive care can have debilitating consequences such as PTSD, depression and anxiety that could further result in job loss, divorce, difficulties in daily…
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I can hardly believe that it has been a decade. Ten years ago today, we entered surgery knowing there was a 20% chance that she wouldn’t make it through. 20% that became a heartbreaking reality. But God is good. He has taught me so very much about His love, His sacrifice, His GRACE. He has given me the opportunity and the strength to hold other moms who have had to say goodbye too soon, and lift up many in prayer. In His loving grace, he spared her from this world’s pain and took her right to be with Him in eternity. I don’t know how the whole heaven thing works, exactly, but I imagine that she looks down on me from her perfect heavenly home and wishes I wouldn’t cry over her absence from this one. Though my heart still hurts, and I know it always will, I can also see the beauty of what God can do through tragedy these ten years later.
Happy Birthday, baby girl. I love you.
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11
Claire Victoria King
January 12, 2015 – March 29, 2015
Please pray with me for Tim & Megan,
who said goodbye to their sweet Claire today.
You can read about their fight for her life on their Facebook page
Care for Claire
Father, please let Megan and Tim feel the peace that only You can give in a time such as this. As their hearts are broken like never before and they fill so empty, I pray Your Love will pour into them and fill them. Let them find comfort in their own words – that all she ever knew was love, and she couldn’t be in a more beautiful place.
Claire spent much of her time on earth in the hospital. The financial stress that comes with this tragedy can be such an added burden for the family. Will you consider helping?