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Throughout November I have had the privilege of talking with mamas specifically about what it looked like to navigate the holiday season while grieving. The past three episodes have been incredibly helpful and relatable and if you haven’t gotten a chance to listen to those yet I would highly recommend it.
In this week’s episode I am interviewing Lauren Woo about her experience with miscarriage and stillbirth and navigating the holidays while grieving the loss of her baby. Her insight is full of very practical thoughts about navigating family expectations and potential triggers and she shares incredibly helpful advice about what it looks like to love a grieving mom through the holidays.
Lauren shares her favorite traditions and wisdom about how to find joy even when it feels impossible. And to the mom with no living children she says the most profound and grace-filled sentiment that is so true. She says these impactful words: “Being a mom of a baby that’s not here on earth is a very special kind of mom and it’s not a mom that everybody gets to see; and you have to get creative with how you are that kind of mom because it’s different than what you picture a mom being. But you are still a mom.”
Friend. You are still a mom. And though it will look differently this holiday season than what you ever pictured, it doesn’t make your role as a mom or your baby’s life any less valid or real. I pray you know that to be true.
Also, I want to let you know that there are a few moments within this episode when you can hear Lauren’s baby boy Arrow making sweet little baby noises. I did my best to edit the episode in a way that eliminated that potential hurtful trigger but just in case I wanted to give you the warning that it is there. I hope you know my heart and that I would never intentionally want to add to your hurt.
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“I am a mommy of 4 babies in Heaven and 2 babies here on Earth. I am married to my high school sweetheart who has stuck by me through thick and thin. Thanks to the grace of Jesus, I am healing daily from our 3 miscarriages and our stillborn, Logan. God has been so faithful and now uses my story to help others by way of leading a support group through church and I am now a birth and bereavement doula.”
Learn more about Lauren over on her instagram, @tinyblueelephantsbirthservices