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Nursery of Heaven

Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss
in the Lives of the Saints and Today’s Parents

by Cassie Everts and Patrick O’Hearn

 

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About Nursery of Heaven


Miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant loss happen more often than we realize, leaving many to suffer in isolation. Nursery of Heaven is a companion to help those grieving from child loss as they search for comfort and meaning. Not only will couples be able to relate to the experiences from saints such as Louis and Zelie Martin, Gianna Molla, and Servant of God Chiara Corbella Petrillo, they will also receive hope and consolation in their sufferings from parents who have suffered a similar loss. Along with such beautiful prayers as Blessing of Parents After a Miscarriage or Stillbirth, the Order for the Naming of an Infant Who Died Before Birth, and various Novenas, this book also provides practical wisdom for our pastors, family and friends to help those who are grieving their child find healing.

“With faith, compassion, and raw honesty, this book speaks to the hearts and souls of grieving parents from all walks of life. The scriptures, stories from the lives of the saints, and words of wisdom gained from painful personal experience all come together in a way that will help heal hearts and renew the faith of all those who grieve.”

Danielle Bean

Brand Manager, CatholicMom.com

“This book will help people understand the pain of pregnancy loss. It is helpful for those who have experienced loss to know they are not alone and helpful to those who love them in understanding this often hidden experience and how to help.”

Vicky Thorn

Foundress, Project Rachel

“For those who have suffered from infertility or still struggle with it, those who lost a child in miscarriage at any stage, or a stillborn son or daughter, these personal accounts help us all come together to honor and celebrate faith, hope, love and everlasting life.”

Sheila Liaugminas

Author, Broadcaster, Journalist
and most importantly, Mother

Fr. Luke Mary Flectcher, CFR

Franciscan Friars of the Renewal

When we were in the seminary preparing for priestly ministry, they tried to train us for everything, yet one single piece of advice was invaluable, “The best lessons will be learned after you are ordained. Try to pursue the perspective of perpetual learning.” What a person experiences in life, a priest may go through in a single day: birth, baptism, communion, confession, marriage, death. Every morning we wonder what will happen and every evening we beg God’s grace for the burdens of the day. How to pastorally accompany those who have lost a baby is one of those delicate situations that require the wisdom of experience. Miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant loss is a painful experience that requires a sensitive pastoral approach. Some situations are so painful that the witness of those who have walked the same path is the only way forward. It is this insight that makes Nursery of Heaven a powerful resource for those struggling with the loss of a child. Over the years I have learned from listening to those who shared what was helpful and what was not. If a joy shared is twice the joy, then a sorrow shared is half the sorrow. Nursery of Heaven is a perfect companion for those who have lost a child and those who seek to accompany them.

Fr. John A. Doyle

Regnum Christi Chicago

Unabashedly, I shed many tears reading this book; yes, sadness is truly part of entering into the mystery of pain and loss, yet few books have so filled my spirit with joy and hope. Authors Cassie Everts and Patrick O’Hearn weave together multiple instances of childhood loss—born and unborn—in the lives of the saints, in their own lives, and in the lives of others into a masterpiece of Christian faith, hope, and love. The title evokes the beautiful mystery of the fellowship of the children of God and the reality of Heaven, where God has promised to wipe every tear away. In addition to very down-to-earth walking with parents who have endured painful loss, this book offers sound psychological advice for the grieving and their friends as well as beautiful and heartfelt prayers to raise the spirit to heaven and intercede for those in need. Having lost two siblings to miscarriage and several nieces and at least one nephew, this book not only helped me to grieve their loss, but to remember to turn to them in prayer and celebrate their joy in heaven with God. Some lives unfold on earth for a longer time while others are caught up quickly to the throne of God, yet we are all united in the One who loves us. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to all parents who are grieving over the loss of a miscarriage, stillborn, or young child as well as to all persons of goodwill who have the compassion to walk with those who suffer. You will be happier and more hope-filled for having read it!

About the Authors

Patrick O’Hearn

FOUNDER, author

Patrick O’Hearn grew up in the Midwest and spent close to three years in a Benedictine Monastery before discerning the call to marriage. He graduated with a master’s in education from Franciscan University of Steubenville and a bachelor’s in marketing from St. Ambrose University. He is a husband and father of three children-two in Heaven. He founded Contemplative Heart Press to lead readers to a deeper union with God.

Cassie Everts

author

Cassie Everts is a wife, the mother to five little ones in heaven and five children on earth. She is the co-author of Nursery of Heaven: Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Infant Loss in the Lives of the Saints and Today’s Parents. She blogs at Everyday Ann where she writes about faith, marriage, motherhood, infertility and adoption. Before becoming a full-time mom, she was a producer at Relevant Radio.

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