Pregnancy Loss

“Another period. Another pregnancy lost. A child stillborn. Different paths toward emptiness—all devastating. Even if we try to pray, our prayers often crumble in our souls, our dreams dissolve in our hearts. Despair seeps in the doors, taps at the windows, and threatens to clog all our passages of hope. How can we speak softly to God when we see, yet again, the fruitless stain of our blood; when we feel the lifeless mass slipping from our womb; or when we hold a beautiful, perfect but still child in our arms? For some of us, no amount of explanation—medical or theological—can soothe.” Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin, Tears of Sorrow, Seeds of Hope: A Jewish Spiritual Companion For Infertility and Pregnancy Loss

Latest Rituals

Ritual to acknowledge grief related to infertility or perinatal loss
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“We pray that those yearning to conceive, carry, foster or adopt will lead to a joyful outcome”

Prayer for Those Yearning for a Child

Poems to be read by friends surrounding the person who has miscarried before she immerses in the mikveh

Miscarriage Ritual with Friends: Reading Poems at the Mikveh

“There is nothing mere about water”

Water: A Prayer/Mikveh Ritual for an IVF Miscarriage

“Help me love you in faith, not grief”

From Miscarriage to Mikvah

A song on longing for a child

Daughter of Mine: A Song for Reconciling with Childlessness

What balm will ease my suffering?

My Depression

Traditional blessings for mikveh immersion

Traditional Mikveh Blessings

An anecdote on creating a ritual for a man reconnecting with his stillborn son years after his loss

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A funeral service for a miscarriage

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The Reconstructionist Network

Learning to Say "We": Writing Identity

In this immersion, we will reflect and expand on our personal experiences of identity, using writing exercises and in-depth discussions to think about, challenge, discover, explore, and experiment with different ways to identify ourselves, to consider how those ways connect us to and separate us from others, and how they represent and misrepresent aspects of who we are.

Four sessions, starting June 15th

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