8 Miscarriage Memorial Ideas

Remembering & Honoring the Baby You Lost

Many moms coping with miscarriage find it comforting to create some kind of memorial to remember the baby lost to miscarriage. In fact, many women find that honoring the baby is a crucial part of coping with pregnancy loss. The best way to remember your baby is by doing whatever holds the most meaning for you. Here are eight miscarriage memorial ideas.

Name your baby.

Woman Writing Possible Names For Baby Boy In Nursery. Credit: MachineHeadz

Many women find that giving the baby a name - perhaps even having a naming ceremony - helps them find closure and grieve the loss of the baby as a real person rather than an idea. If you were too early along, choose a name that matches your gut feeling about the baby's gender or use a gender neutral name.

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Wear or make miscarriage memorial jewelry.

Young woman making jewelry at home. Credit: Tim Robberts

There are countless online retailers that sell beautiful, handmade miscarriage jewelry, such as rings and memorial pendants with angel and footprint themes. Many of these jewelry makers are mothers themselves who have personally experienced pregnancy loss. Alternatively, if you are artistically inclined you could make your own miscarriage memorial jewelry.

Write about your baby.

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Even though what you are going through may be something you want to remember, writing your feelings out on paper can be a remarkably cathartic experience. Writing in a journal is like confiding in a friend who will never judge you. You might also wish to start a blog about your experience or create an online memorial page for your baby. Many women choose to write poetry or songs in honor of their babies, too.

Plant a tree of garden.

Woman with newly planted tree. Credit: PM Images

Planting a tree or beautiful garden is a wonderful way to memorialize any lost loved one. Some women plant a tree on the anniversary of the miscarriage or on the due date of the pregnancy. If you do not have a yard or other space in which to plant a tree, or if you do not have a green thumb and fear your planted tree would not survive, there are numerous environmental organizations that will plant a memorial tree in a state forest in return for a small donation.

Keep an angel statuette on display.

Angel statue on a tree. Credit: Kemter

If you think of your baby as an angel, you're not alone. Many moms who have had miscarriages picture their babies as angels. Placing an angel statuette or figurine in a prominent location in your home is one way to incorporate the memory of your baby into your daily life.

Order a memorial plaque or crystal.

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If you have a good ultrasound photo of the baby from before the miscarriage, you may wish to scan the photo and order a memorial plaque or other keepsake, such as an engraved piece of crystal, to honor your baby. Several companies offer this kind of a service online.

Keep a teddy bear or pillow close by.

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Many moms long for something to hold after losing a baby to miscarriage. You may find it comforting to keep a special teddy bear, pillow or blanket that reminds you of your baby. Some charitable organizations will provide these items to couples grieving miscarriages.

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Donate to a charitable organization.

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Several charities and organizations are centered around increasing pregnancy loss awareness and supporting couples who are dealing with a miscarriage or stillbirth. You may want to donate to a different charity that is meaningful to you for other reasons.

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