Miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant loss represent a lonely journey that many women walk each year. Author, Heidi Indahl, has walked each in turn. Through her own healing, she found the mysteries of the rosary and our Blessed Mother a source of comfort, healing, and hope. As she prayed, she realized that the comfort she found could also be a comfort to others. Thus, Blessed Is the Fruit of Thy Womb: Rosary Reflections for Miscarriage, Pregnancy, & Infant Loss was born.
From the Introduction:
You know you really shouldn’t tell people so soon. The rest of us get our hopes up and are disappointed when you lose them….
These words of a coworker stung when I shared the news of our second miscarriage. Did she really believe that it would be better if I kept this to myself and didn’t bother my friends with our heartache? I wish that I could say that her attitude is unique, but the longer I travel the road of pregnancy and infant loss the more I realize that my experience is somewhat common. The only ones who truly understand its heart-wrenching nature are those who have endured it themselves. Yet they too are often unsure of what to say to another mom and how to offer comfort.
The good news, however, is that there is someone else who has a crystal-clear understanding of what it means to lose a child, someone who knew of the agony that her son would endure long before his eventual passing: the Blessed Mother, who stood at the foot of the cross and watched while her beloved son was scorned and humiliated, until he eventually died. Mary understands pregnancy and infant loss so deeply that she has been called the Mother of the Unborn. Mary desperately wants to offer us comfort and encouragement, and the mysteries of the rosary are her perfect tools for doing so.
Inside the pages of this book is a combination of scripture readings, reflections, prayer intentions, and questions. One way to use the book is to simply pray each day’s mysteries pausing at the beginning of each decade to read the reflection. You can meditate on the reflection or the questions during the decade and/or offer your prayers for the suggested intentions. The writing space opposite each reflection offers a place for you to record your thoughts, prayers, or even to write a note to your little one.
An alternate way to work through the text is to use it as a mini-retreat. Choose a notebook to keep track of your thoughts and reflections, focusing on just one mystery each day and journaling any thoughts the reflections bring to mind. For a more in depth look at the text, Heidi also moderates a book inspired facebook group where she offers additional video reflections.
From the book:
This book represents a journey of healing and a journey of love. It is a journey that I continue to travel myself. Throughout, I share many personal insights and experiences. You will also find inspiration from a diverse group of Catholic women who walked the road of pregnancy and infant loss. They share some of the ways the rosary was or became a part of their grief journey. While no two loss stories are the same, I want you to be assured that other women have walked this road before you. They too have struggled with their hope and their faith. They had days when they felt that this was simply too much to bear, and they could not imagine a day or a time when they would feel joy again.
No matter how much time has passed since the death of your child, be assured that Mary is waiting to welcome you into a deeper relationship with herself, her son, and your child.
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Copyright 2017 Heidi Indahl
About the author: Heidi Indahl is the teacher-mom of seven living children, three with special medical needs. She is also the author of Blessed is the Fruit of Thy Womb: Rosary Reflections for Miscarriage, Stillbirth, & Infant Loss and a regular contributor at Peanut Butter & Grace. She blogs about Montessori homeschooling, family life, and whatever else suits her fancy at Work and Play, Day by Day. ou can follow their family adventures on both Instagram and Facebook!