For the past several years the FertilityCare Center of the Upper Ohio Valley, Inc. and the Weirton Catholic Pro-Life Community has sponsored a Memorial Mass for Babies Who Died Before Birth. There is no distinction made as to whether the child was lost to miscarriage, abortion or ectopic pregnancy. These are all precious children who were unable to run and play and laugh on this Earth for God had greater plans for them with Him in Heaven!
These losses can be very difficult for the parents and families. They are, unfortunately, too often dismissed as a minor "incident" by the medical community and/or friends or family. Grieving couples are too easily and carelessly told "you can have another one" or "well, you do have other children" or in the abortion world "it was just a glob of tissue". These comments do not help to console the grieiving parents. Not every couple achieves pregnancy easily and some may never be able to achieve another pregnancy. And while they may have other children they don't have THAT child who was unique in his or her own right, as we all are. And science has proven that it is NOT "just a glob of tissue"..."it has been observed that contractions of the human heart in embryos occur as early as two weeks of age and that, by five weeks, tracings exhibiting the classical elements of the adult electrocardiogram can be obtained. ....The primitive skeletal system is completely developed by the end of the sixth week, and the electroencephalogram has detected brain waves as early as 43 days." *
It is our hope that by recognizing these precious babies at this Mass their parents and families will know that others do care about their lost children. We pray that this Mass will help those who grieve their lost children, some for as long as 30-40+ years, finally have some closure and peace.
Last night we remembered and honored 37 precious Little Ones. Although many were from families in the local area they included babies from as far away as Washington D.C. and Tennessee. We were honored to stand in for these far away families.
We pray that we are able to continue to remember these children and console their families in the years to come. We want them all to know that
they are not forgotten...they are not overlooked
* Taken from Reproductive Anatomy & Physiology A Primer for FertilityCare Professionals 2nd Edition Thomas W. Hilgers, M.D. Pope Paul VI Institute Press. Copyright 2002