"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted."
When a death occurs, life for those who live on changes forever. The Church recognizes this change and offers hope and comfort to those who grieve the loss of a loved one. As Jesus comforted Mary and Martha, the parish community can reach out to comfort those who mourn.
One of the most difficult trials for married couples and families is the loss of a child in the womb. The incredibly personal and private nature of such difficulties often renders it especially painful as couples feel powerless in reaching out to others for assistance and support. The Church recognizes the particular need for sensitive pastoral care in these struggles to help couples and families heal and unite their sufferings to the Lord Jesus.
Helpful links for those suffering the loss of miscarriage:
The Elizabeth Ministry -
the Elizabeth Ministry provides spiritual resources for those grieving the loss of a child in miscarriage or stillbirth along with instructions on how to care for the remains of a child. Elizabeth Ministry also has an online store in which necessary materials related to such tragedies can be purchased.
Guidelines on Liturgical and Sacramental Support
the Archdiocese of Boston provides extensive answers for both parents and clergy members on how to address liturgical concerns such as Catholic burial for miscarried and stillborn children, questions regarding Baptism, and rememberance Masses among various other topics.
Miscarriage: A Handbook for Parents
the Archdiocese of Kansas City, KS has put out a wonderful resource for parents suffering the loss of miscarriage. Especially helpful in this resource are Scriptures and proclamations from Church officials which provide comfort and hope for parents anxious about the eternal salvation of their lost son or daughter.
For more information regarding the Church's pastoral care for those who have suffered misacrriages please call Chez Filippini in the office of Marriage and Family Life at 850-435-3553 or via email at
Resources for bereavement:
Talking to children about violence or death: