by Daniel Nuzum, Sarah Meaney, and Keelin O’Donoghue
from Modern Believing Vol 60:2 - April 2019

Abstract

Pregnancy loss is a devastating reality that challenges the faith worldview of the presence of God in suffering. As a spiritual reality, pregnancy is a poignant eschatological expression as new life is contemporaneously experienced in the present and anticipated in the future. The lack of discourse and liturgical provision by faith communities to acknowledge and express the reality of pregnancy loss is explored against an historical, biblical and sociological history of patriarchy. Drawing on the experiences of bereaved parents voice is given to the pain of pregnancy loss offering a challenge for robust theological reflection, liturgical provision, sensitivity and pastoral care.

Keywords

Pregnancy Loss, Infertility, Theodicy, Theological Reflection, Hospital Chaplaincy


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