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The following prayers — a prayer for a miscarriage, blessing a fetal demise, and
prayer for healing after losing a baby — invite God to comfort, guide, and heal all
affected by the senselessness of a fetal demise
Prayer for a Miscarriage
Losing a baby at any stage in a pregnancy can be devastating for the new parents,
family, and friends. The following prayer asks God to comfort the mother and her
family in the loss of their baby:
"God who gives and takes away, please comfort [insert mom's name] and her family
in the loss of their baby. Hold [insert mom's name] in Your loving arms, let her
know that she is loved, and be with her and all who love her on this journey through
darkness seeking light. Amen."
Friends or family may pray this prayer for a mother after she announces the
news, or the mother may pray the prayer for herself. If a mother is extremely upset,
repeating the mantra, "Hold me in Your arms, God," may bring comfort. Sometimes,
a religious person needs to feel God hugging them more than words.
Blessing a Fetal Demise
Many Christian families choose to baptize their new babies as a sign of their
faith. An unborn baby, too, is beloved of God, created in God's own image and likeness.
The following prayer blesses a fetal demise and asks God's healing touch for those
who grieve the baby's loss:
"God of power and might, You proved powerless to save [insert baby's name, if known.]
You created him/her in his/her mother's womb, formed in the image and likeness of
You, Indeed, [insert baby's name, if known] is Your beloved child, with whom You
are well pleased, too beloved, it seems to leave here with us. Please guard him/her
and comfort those who mourn his/her loss, that they may feel Your loving embrace
in their sorrow, now and always. God of hope, let the light of Your love shine in
this place as [insert baby's name] joins You, now and forever. Amen."
A minister, nurse, family member, or friend might offer this or another blessing
before the baby's remains are taken away. Often, those closest to the baby's parents
will be greatly affected and unable to speak, so in this circumstance the caring
prayer of an outsider may be necessary to grant a family peace.
Prayer for Healing after Losing a Baby
Healing the loss of a baby takes time for those whose hearts are broken. Often
an expectant mother cannot even talk about the event for days, and only then with
close friends and family. The following prayer asks God to heal those affected by
a lost baby and bring them together in their grief:
"God of hope and hopelessness, God of power and powerlessness, God of strength and
weakness, please be with [insert new mom, dad, or others deeply affected by the loss
of a baby,] as they journey without a much beloved baby. Be with them in this time
of sorrow, guide them through the darkness of anger and despair, and remind them,
through others around them, that You have not forsaken them, even though it may feel
that way. Bless and keep all who mourn, that they may be comforted. Amen."
This prayer may be shared by others concerned about a family who's lost a child,
as well as by the family members themselves. Be careful about speaking the prayer
too soon to a grieving mother who may not be ready to even talk with God about the
event. If the mother hasn't asked for prayer, it may be best to pray the prayer on
Praying to God for comfort after losing a baby provides meaning and comfort
in the midst of a tragedy that makes no sense. With intention and purpose, family
and friends can surround the grieving parents with God's love through their presence,
their caring, and their prayers.
Melissa M. Roberts is a freelance writer, spiritual director, and teacher. Melissa
has a BA in History from Baker University in Baldwin City, KS, graduate coursework
in Medieval History from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, a Masters in Theological
Study from Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Va, and nine units Clinical
Pastoral Education, interfaith ministry and relationship training, from the Association
of Clinical Pastoral Education in Peachtree, Georgia.
A former hospital and hospice chaplain, Melissa now teaches meditation, world religions,
history, and violin. She offers stress management workshops, facilitates spiritual
retreats, and offers spiritual direction via phone, email, or in person within an
hour of Parsons, Kansas U.S.A.
A former hospital and hospice chaplain, Melissa now teaches meditation, world religions, history, and violin. She offers stress management workshops, facilitates spiritual retreats, and offers spiritual direction via phone, email, or in person within an hour of Parsons, Kansas U.S.A.