The announcement of a new pregnancy is usually accompanied by joy, hope, and excited anticipation. Nothing is supposed to compare to the elation felt by parents upon receiving the news of their blessing, which portents the start of a new chapter for a family and the beginning of exciting opportunities that can only be grasped by tiny pure hands. Unfortunately, this is not always the case for some parents, as those new lives never get the chance to grasp, to see and experience the world, and those hopeful parents have been struck a blow that no one should ever have to bear. The sad truth is that not every pregnancy announcement is followed by the birth of a precious baby - some are called away before their time on this earth can begin. Such extremes of emotion can be a whirlwind, overwhelming to say the very least, and many parents who receive news like this do not know what to do, how to cope, or where to look for guidance as they navigate their fresh grief. Luckily, all hope is not lost even when it seems to be; there are plenty of organizations, foundations, groups, and other resources that can be used by parents to help them as they move through their difficult new reality. String of Pearls is one such organization.
“String of Pearls was created to provide a nurturing and safe place for families as they navigate the path following a fatal prenatal diagnosis that will result in the death of their baby prior to, or shortly after birth. The path between grief and hope is a difficult place to walk; our desire is to provide guidance, compassion and practical suggestions as plans to honor the life of pre-born babies are crafted. Each life has a story worth telling, and we are here for support as stories are lovingly written.”
- String of Pearls Mission Statement
They offer a wide array of practical services such as coordinated care, birth plan assistance, funeral or memorial planning, and grief support. Their website is also a great starting point for accessing other websites with relevant services and support, such as remembrance photography, licensed therapists, and additional grief support.
If you or someone you know is facing a prenatal diagnosis, fill out the contact form on their website: https://www.stringofpearlsonline.org/contact-us or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. It is not always easy to start, to seek help, or to face such deep grief. If you know of someone who could benefit from these services, do not be afraid to broach the subject. Healing is not easy, but with the support of loving friends and family, no path is impossible to walk.