When a wife loses her husband, she is a widow. When a husband loses his wife, he is a widower. When a child loses his parents, he’s an orphan. However, there’s not a name for parents who lose their child. It’s not supposed to happen that way. No one wants to be a part of this painful group. But unfortunately, because sin entered this world, it exists, and having the ability to connect with those who have been where you have, helps tremendously.
Just over the past few months, several of my friends in my own hometown have experienced infant loss. This life-wrecking, heart-wrenching reality seems to be becoming more prevalent in our community. After I received one of the saddest phone calls ever from one of my closest friends informing me her sweet daughter passed away in her arms earlier that day, the Lord placed it on my heart to do something. I talked with Buddy when he got home from work and sharing the same sentiments, we decided we would pray about starting an infant loss support group. Grief is hard at any time during the year, but it is extremely difficult during the cold, dark, dismal months. I can remember driving to Buddy’s work on many occasions crying my eyes out because I was so depressed and missed my baby boy beyond measure. After a lot of prayer, talking amongst each other, and seeking direction from our pastor, we are excited to announce that we are starting a support group!
Our Changed by Thomas infant loss grief support group will be held on the third Sunday of each month from 5-6:30 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church, 8332 Moody Parkway, Odenville, AL 35120. This Christian-based support group is for parents who have lost a child from 20 weeks gestation to 2 years of age. These casual meetings involve guest speakers who share their story followed by a time of open group discussion. Grief is extremely difficult, especially alone. This support group is an outlet for parents to meet and connect with others who have been in similar situations. For specific details, 2018 schedule and to RSVP, please CLICK HERE. If you know anyone who has lost a baby that you believe would benefit from this group, please share this information with them.
Our desire for the rest of our lives is to honor and remember our sweet Thomas and we believe this support group will not only do that, but help others hurting just like us as well.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4