October 14, 2016
This year, in honour of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness day on October 15, 2016, the Perinatal Loss Committee is providing comfort stones to patients and families experiencing a pregnancy loss through miscarriage. They will be made available to areas of the hospital that provide care to these women and families.
Stones were selected as a momento for their symbolism of solidity, strength and connection to nature. Physically rubbing the stone's round shape, with its weight and smooth texture, can help someone become grounded, in the here and now, when trying to manage overwhelming feelings. The stone can be carried or displayed, however the woman/family chooses. They have also been lovingly engraved with a butterfly. The butterfly has been embraced as a symbol of perinatal loss at LHSC.
"As a committee, we feel strongly that women and families experiencing a miscarriage, regardless of where they are in the hospital, deserve to leave with something tangible in their hands in honour of their loss. It is our hope that families receiving these stones will take comfort in them for years to come," says Sarah Parkinson, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Women's and Children's Services, LHSC.
Comfort stones are generously provided by Children's Health Foundation.