sharing your stories and remembering your children
By: Nick Carrington EPLA Editor
In a recent interview with Today and an Instagram post, Jinger (Dugger) Vuolo, of “19 Kids and Counting” fame, communicated so much of what we believe at the Early Pregnancy Loss Association. She describes the excitement of telling her family about her baby and the devastating reality of losing that life.
She equates the pain of losing her child with the loss of her grandmother, suggesting that both are the death of a precious person. Jinger reflects on the joy of her current pregnancy but admits the pain of her miscarriage has not left her: healing takes a long time.
Her words are both painful and cathartic:
"Within moments I knew that I’d lost the baby. Tears filled my eyes, sadness cloaked my soul. Having just lost my grandmother months before, the news of new life was like spring lilies blossoming after a dark, cold winter. And in a moment, that life was gone.
I know many of you can relate. The minutes feel like hours, the hours like days, don’t they? I was helpless—nothing I could do would restore the lost life. Yet, I was never hopeless."
Jinger has relied on her faith for peace. The EPLA recognizes the complex emotions that come with miscarriage and subsequent pregnancies, and we stand to provide as much support as possible for grieving families.
We encourage you to read the interview and Jinger’s Instagram post.
Nick Carrington is an Editor for the EPLA and Assistant Professor of Professional Writing at Cedarville University.