Mothering in the Valley of the Shadow of Death
Religion supports grief when it holds both despair and hope, upholding parents as they find new horizons for understanding and action. Communities of faith can come alongside grieving parents by abiding with them in their grief, holding death and life together and maintaining a dialogue with God, sometimes in place of the bereaved who may be unable to pray. As they recompose their lives – not moving on, but moving forward with their baby’s life and death in mind – bereaved parents may learn to sing a new song.
Paris, Jenell and Bakker, Janel K., "Mothering in the Valley of the Shadow of Death" (2015). Educator Scholarship. 2.