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Most of us underestimate what it will be like grieving during the holidays. “The most wonderful time of the year” often leaves people experiencing grief filled with emotions they may not have expected–most commonly, those of sadness and loneliness.
This was my experience during the holidays when I was going through recurrent miscarriage. And I want families experiencing such trauma to know that they aren’t alone. If you’re in the trenches right now, please do be gentle with yourself and give yourself whatever support you need.
If you’re a friend or family member of someone who is grieving, please reach out and show that you care. The best thing you can do is validate someone’s grief, which is why a miscarriage Christmas ornament can be a thoughtful way to provide miscarriage support to a family who has experienced pregnancy loss this year.
Finding the perfect miscarriage Christmas ornament can also be extremely helpful in the process of coping with miscarriage grief.
Creating a miscarriage memorial often helps families overcome grief, and a Christmas ornament–for those who celebrate Christmas, of course–is yet another way to memorialize the baby that was lost. It’s also a great way to help parents who have experienced loss to bring their child’s memory into their home and family during the holidays, making sure their little ones are always remembered and loved.
In this article, we’ll tell you our favorite miscarriage christmas ornaments, either for as a gift for someone else, or for yourself.
Miscarriage Memorial Ornaments
While all miscarriage ornaments in some way act as memorials to little lives lost, these particular ornaments are especially supportive memorials, validating that grieving parents lost a little life they’ve dreamed of for so long. Plus, Christmas is already a nostalgic, family-filled time. Giving loss parents a Miscarriage Christmas ornament means giving them a way to include their loss child.
This glass ornament is great for families who are mourning a loss of a child they were not able to birth and hold.
If you’re looking for an ornament for a family who’s experienced stillbirth or infant loss, this isn’t the best choice. But it’s excellent for families who’ve been through miscarriage or embryo loss. It’s especially perfect for early miscarriages and ectopic pregnancy.
Thoughtfully Red is a shop dedicated to loss mamas, which I absolutely LOVE! This fact gives the ornament some special touches. Not only is this ornament customizable and available in multiple colors, but it is delivered with a heartfelt, handwritten note to the loss mom from the shop owners. So it’s basically 2 gifts in 1!
I love this ornament for all loss parents, no matter when or how their loss occurred. Some families plant trees to memorialize their lost little ones. If you’re shopping for someone who chose that memorial route, then this ornament is extra special.
This beautiful miscarriage Christmas ornament shows a tree that represents both a family tree and a tree of life, providing a physical nesting place for the child who was lost. I love this ornament because it is true to the experience of all grieving parents regardless of religious beliefs. Also, it’s not breakable, which is huge. If an ornament memorializing a lost child breaks, parents sometimes feel re-traumatized by the experience.
We love this ornament for all loss parents, but because of the customizable name and date, it’s especially wonderful for parents of stillbirth or infant loss. If buying as a gift, I suggest using the baby’s birthday, whether the child was born sleeping or awake.
Angel Miscarriage Christmas Ornaments
Children lost to miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant death are often referred to as “angel babies.” This language doesn’t suit all parents, but it is very comforting to many.
If the miscarriage Christmas ornament is a gift, be sure the person you’re buying for is comforted by the idea of an angel baby. If so, they might really enjoy an ornament that acknowledges that concept.
I love this beautiful ornament because it’s flat, simple, and non-obtrusive. You can customize it, but if you don’t have a name or date you want to include, the ornament is complete even without those added touches.
This is a precious ornament for parents of all types of loss, from early miscarriage to infant death.
I love the sweet softness of this ornament, perfect in its simplicity. Sometimes sentiments are best expressed without words, and this ornament does just that.
I love this choice for all types of pregnancy and baby loss.
This lovely miscarriage Christmas ornament includes baby-sized footprints offered in a variety of colors, and the text and dates are completely customizable. I love the softness of this ornament and how it blends with the rest of the tree, while still providing a sweet remembrance for the parents.
Footprints are commonly used as a symbol for stillbirth, so this is an especially perfect ornament for parents who had a stillborn baby. Even still, it’s a lovely option for parents of all types of loss.
This customizable angel ornament is stunning and unique, allowing you to put the name of the baby on the ornament that will be a beautiful highlight on your tree. It’s among my favorites of all the loss ornaments.
This ornament is perfect for parents of all types of loss, from early pregnancy loss to infant loss.
Miscarriage Christmas Ornaments About Heaven
Although Christmas is a Christian holiday, not everyone who celebrates Christmas is religious. These ornaments are great gifts, but only if you know the person you’re buying for believes their child is in Heaven.
(1) Sleep in Heavenly Peace Ornament by LJG Candles on Etsy
The sentiment of this ornament is stunning. I love the softness of the notion, with the obvious allusion to the all-time favorite holiday song, Silent Night. Parents with a sense of spirituality will be especially touched by this heartfelt ornament.
I love this ornament for all loss parents, but it’s a great choice for parents of earlier losses because of the breadth of its message.
(2) “Heaven is even more beautiful because our daughter is there” ornament from Stanley Winked on Etsy
This sweet ornament is not breakable, which is one of my favorite things about it. You can customize it to include the lost child’s name, if they had one, or you can just say use a last name, like “Baby Harrison.”
This ornament is a special tribute to parents of all types of loss.
This beautiful ornament, also not breakable, is perfect for remembering a lost baby.
This ornament should only be gifted the first Christmas after a child dies. Although it’s technically appropriate for all types of losses, I prefer it for parents of stillbirth or infant loss.
What are some of your favorite miscarriage Christmas ornaments?
Other Miscarriage Articles
- Grieving during the holidays
- What to expect when miscarrying
- Coping with miscarriage grief
- Thoughtful Miscarriage memorials
- Our Favorite Miscarriage books
- Miscarriage gifts
- Types of miscarriage
- Recurrent miscarriage workup
- Miscarriage support groups
- Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month 2020
- Wave of Light
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- Kids holiday party ideas
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- Valentine’s Day party games
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- Baby’s first Christmas ornament
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Katy Huie Harrison, PhD, is an author, mom, recurrent miscarriage survivor, & owner of Undefining Motherhood. She lives in Atlanta with her husband (affectionately known on the internet as “Husband,”) son (Jack), and dog (Charlotte). She believes our society puts too many expectations on women that make womanhood and motherhood restrictive. Her goal is to shift the paradigm about what it means to be a woman and mother, giving all women a greater sense of agency over their own lives. You can find Katy and her work featured in places like CNN’s Headline News, Romper, Scary Mommy, Demeter Press’s Motherhood and Social Exclusion, & more.