Tuesday, July 09, 2013

The gift of perinatal hospice

I shared this video and status on FB yesterday evening and wanted to share here too.


Ever wonder what the purpose of perinatal hospice is? This video shows very eloquently the journey of perinatal hospice for both family and caregiver. This just isn't a good idea or an afterthought. This is a model that needs to be implemented everywhere.

At Sufficient Grace Ministries for Women (and Families) Inc. this is what we offer families along with our bereavement services for those families who find out their baby has already passed. We have a deep passion for walking with families through difficult times when it would be easier to turn away.

When I was carrying Carleigh I contacted a perinatal hospice associated with a hospital and I never heard back from them. My husband and I had to navigate our own way through a foreign land. At SGM, we aren't just words on a paper or website to make ourselves look better. We do what we say we will do and our goal is if a family asks for our services, we do not turn them down.

Over 4 years ago, after learning my daughter had a fatal diagnosis, I wondered why God would choose me to carry a child that would not survive. This is why. I cannot give thanks enough that God would allow me to be in the most sacred of places and to share moments that few on this earth will ever witness. It is a great honor and privilege. I can't say it enough.

If you or someone you know is in need of our services, please contact us. To find out more about what we offer, please visit our website. www.sufficientgraceministries.org

And thank you Kelly Gerken for being with me every step of the way while God blows our socks off.


Jus and Kat said...

That was beautiful, thank you for sharing Holly! I'm over here boo-whoooing in front of my computer.

Cecilia said...

So important. I hope the stigmas continue to lessen too.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

The video really hit me hard. To think what parents like you have lived through breaks my heart. This program is beautiful and thank you for sharing it. I pray that all families who have to go through loss like this will have someone there like you to help them capture each moment. ((HUGS))

Anonymous said...

Thier should be a note: please have knleex near by. That video is so preiocus. The photos made me cry. I can only begin to imagine the pain they feel. I am so glad that this level of care is available to parents so that if indeed something like this should happen that they can still have everything any other parent would get.

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