How can we deal with baby loss in our parishes?

As with all things to do with church, the first step is always prayer.

Prayer for healing

Here’s a simple prayer you can use on the topic of baby loss:

“God, bless those who have lost a child. Heal their hurting, aching hearts, and cradle them in Your arms. God, give them peace, who’s child is now with You, and joy in knowing they will reunite someday. Amen.”

Bidding prayers about baby loss

You’re welcome to use one or all of the following in your bidding prayers.

That all who have suffered baby loss of any kind – whether they be women, men, or their families – may receive the loving support they need, and to be healed in body, mind and spirit.

That our society may come to have the utmost respect for human life from the moment of conception to natural death.

That any woman facing a difficult or unintended pregnancy has the courage and support to choose life for her child.

That all Christians may come to recognise that we have a special duty to promote Life and support those in need.

You can download these bidding prayers as a PDF by clicking the button below.

Pope Benedict XVI’s prayer for the sanctity of human life

Lord Jesus, You who faithfully visit and fulfil with your Presence the Church and the history of men; You who in the miraculous Sacrament of your Body and Blood render us participants in divine Life and allow us a foretaste of the joy of eternal Life; we adore and bless You.

Prostrated before You, source and lover of Life, truly present and alive among us, we beg you:

Reawaken in us respect for every unborn life, make us capable of seeing in the fruit of the maternal womb the miraculous work of the Creator, open our hearts to generously welcoming every child that comes into life.

Bless all families, sanctify the union of spouses, render fruitful their love.

Accompany the choices of legislative assemblies with the light of your Spirit, so that peoples and nations may recognise and respect the sacred nature of life, of every human life.

Guide the work of scientists and doctors, so that all progress contributes to the integral well-being of the person, and no one endures suppression or injustice.

Give creative charity to administrators and economists, so they may realize and promote sufficient conditions so that young families can serenely embrace the birth of new children.

Console the married couples who suffer because they are unable to have children and in Your goodness provide for them.

Teach us all to care for orphaned or abandoned children, so they may experience the warmth of your Charity, the consolation of your divine Heart.

Together with Mary, Your Mother, the great believer, in whose womb you took on our human nature, we wait to receive from You, our Only True Good and Saviour, the strength to love and serve life, in anticipation of living forever in You, in communion with the Blessed Trinity.

(Taken from Catholic News Agency)