New Pastoral Resource on Perinatal Bereavement Contains Local Contribution

More than 1 million women suffer fetal loss each year, yet most mothers will struggle to find words to share their grief or describe their experience. The Reverend Danae Ashley, Associate Priest at St. Stephen's, Seattle has contributed a chapter to a new pastoral resource: Still a Mother: Journeys through Perinatal Bereavement. The book includes pastoral care points, as well as appendices with prayers and do's and don'ts when ministering to someone who is going through perinatal bereavement or is struggling with their fertility journey.

From the blurb:

As some of the least talked about types of loss, miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant death can be incredibly isolating. The women who experience it become members of a secret society, silenced by shame or guilt, by confusion and loss of control. In Still a Mother, chaplains Joy Freeman and Tabatha Johnson share their own experiences and collect the stories of nearly a dozen other women who have sustained such loss, not only ending the silence but also helping to equip pastors, congregations, family, and friends in ministering more compassionately and attentively to other mothers who grieve. Features practical insights for pastoral care in each chapter.

Danae contributed the second chapter in the book. She would be glad to talk to any of you more about the book, come to your church to speak about the book, and/or starting a fertility journey support group in your church. She has many resources she is glad to share with colleagues. You can contact her at: or call/text 425.248.9224.

Still a Mother: Journeys through Perinatal Bereavement is available for loan through the Diocesan Resource Library, or for purchase at the Episcopal Bookstore and the Cathedral Bookstore.