Different religions and cultures have varying attitudes and rituals surrounding death, including pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or perinatal loss. This was never a topic I thought I’d explore, yet here I am….
For some reason, I find it comforting to read about the different ways people mourn the deaths of their precious children. Perhaps it is a confirmation that “a stillborn is still born,” regardless of where you live or what you believe.
Please let me know if there are others I can add.
- Mizuko Kuyo: Japan’s Powerful Pregnancy Loss Ritual: There is a Buddhist ritual called mizuko kuyo, which specifically addresses mourning for babies lost in the womb.
- Christians Believe Your Miscarried & Stillborn Babies Are In Heaven: Commentary on how Christians view miscarriage and stillborn baby loss.
- How to Mourn Stillbirth and Neonatal Death: New Jewish guidelines for coping with the loss of a child.
- Miscarriages and Stillbirths: The Loss of a Baby in Muslim Communities: Islamic Insights offer insight into baby loss from the Muslim perspective.
- When on Infant Dies: Cross-Cultural Expressions of Grief and Loss: This paper explores the cultural traditions of Hmong, African American, and Jewish families grieving the loss of an infant.
- Holding on to Culture and Tradition During Mourning: These are stories of how people from a variety of cultural and religious traditions mourn and honor those who have passed (not strictly about babies).