Miscarriage & Early Infant Loss



The loss of a child, at any age, is an intensely painful experience. Sometimes people wrongly assume that because miscarriages and stillbirths happen very early in the life of a child, and are fairly common, that they are not as painful as other losses later in life. The lack of respect for life at all stages, and the prevalence of abortion in our culture, add to the sentiments that the loss of a child during pregnancy or soon thereafter is not as worthy of grief. This just isn't so. Unfortunately, those who have experienced a loss may endure extra pain and suffering due to the lack of support and understanding from others. If you find you need extra support, or have any questions about Church teachings please do not hesitate to contact the OMFRL for assistance.


Prayers and Discernment

Dealing with miscarriage and early infant loss is a road paved with prayers and discernment. 


CLICK HERE for a full list of prayer and discernment resourses to help you on your path.


The Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Prayer Card


Saint Gerard Novena


Meditations on the Rosary and Miscarriage

Help is Available

Please know that you are not alone!  Perhaps you are at a point where some outside assistance may be helpful in dealing with your struggles.  Here are two recommended resources here in our diocese:


Contact your Parish Priest for a confidential meeting to help address the struggles you are experiencing.


Catholic Family Services offers counseling and support for those seeking healing with grief counseling . CLICK HERE for more information.

Medical Assistance

At Avera Women's, the Catholic healthcare system in Eastern South Dakota, you will find a team of physicians, nurses and support staff with a wealth of experience in women's health services, including those struggling with miscarriage and early infant loss. 


The Pope Paul VI Institute, founded in 1985 by Thomas W. Hilgers, MD, is internationally recognized for its outstanding achievements in the field of natural fertility regulation and reproductive medicine, including assisting those couples struggling with miscarriage and early infant loss. 
Catholic Family Services is available to answer any question you may have on the gift of adoption.
Recommended Books
Pastoral Concerns

Angel Lee Cronen Memorial Fund

Assists with arrangements and financial support to provide a Christian burial for babies lost through miscarriage or early infant loss.  CLICK HERE to learn more.

Video on the topic of miscarriage and early infant loss can also be found in our video library.  Below is a presentation with Msgr. Charles Mangan discussing the importance and distinct role that Mary, our mother in grief, plays for those suffering from a miscarriage or early infant loss.

Articles and Resources

Overcoming Obstacles: Miscarriage



Miscarriages and Stillbirths Put Some Couples at Risk


Mourning a Miscarriage: Prayers for a Couple Grieving the Death of Their Unborn Child

Websites and Blogs

Avera Women's


Pope Paul VI Institute


Elizabeth Ministry


Hannah's Tears Ministry


DISCLAIMER: The website links are listed for your convenience. The fact that a certain website is contained in this list does not in any way signify endorsement by the diocese, as some websites may take positions in opposition to the diocese or the teachings of the Catholic Church, or may display information that we feel is inappropriate. If you have any questions about the websites contained in this list, please call us at 605-988-3755