PAIL: Pregnancy and Infant Loss Ministry of Lake Murray Presbyterian Church
A group of mourning parents at Lake Murray Presbyterian Church in Chapin, South Carolina got together and realized the lack of resources to help parents, family members and friends cope, grieve and try to understand pregnancy and infant loss. The LMPC PAIL Ministry was created from these conversations to help support those impacted by a pregnancy or infant loss.
LMPC PAIL is able to provide the following services to those impacted by a pregnancy or infant loss:
- A devotional, available for free download here.
- Annual Pregnancy and Infant Loss Sunday towards the end of January
- Hospital support to include handmade offerings from LMPC so families have something to take home with them
- PAIL Devotional Book penned by individuals affected by a pregnancy or infant loss
- Following families for a year post loss at key grief points
- Individual counseling referrals as needed
- Topic, scripture and discussion focused small group sessions offered twice a year.
The yellow rose cradling the peaceful baby in our logo was purposefully selected. When a loss of this nature occurs, some hospitals will adorn the door of the mother with a yellow rose, to make staff and visitors aware that a loss has occurred to help those entering to be sensitive to the loss. Yellow has also become a color to symbolize hope for the future and is “gender neutral” for those which are unknown.
More information and support can be found in our social media outlets:
For more information on how the PAIL ministry can be of assistance to you and your family, please contact Rev. Tracie Stewart (803-727-3725) or email LMPCPAIL@gmail.com. The prayers of our ministry team are with you and your loved ones at this tender time.
PAIL is a non-profit, self-help organization that serves as a safe haven of comfort and hope for others who have experienced the loss of a pregnancy or infant in their life.
Through support groups, community outreach and various grief resources, PAIL is devoted to fostering awareness and healing in a nurturing and Christian atmosphere.
Pregnancy and infant loss impacts an estimated 1 in 4 or more of all pregnancies. These losses are often grieved very privately. Church, which has a strong emphasis on children and families can become a painful place to be. On January 22, 2017, LMPC will honor these important lives during both 8:30 and 10:30 worship. This is LMPC’s way of gently saying, we honor any child lost in pregnancy or infancy that has touched the lives of our church and community members. Please invite friends in our community who could benefit from this gesture.
LMPC will host a one time Sunday afternoon group session for families and individuals impacted by this type loss on September 11, 2016 from 3-6pm in our Fellowship Hall. Light dinner, free childcare and a Healing and Wholeness service will be offered. Topics will include:
- Sept. 11th 3-6pm in the LMPC Fellowship Hall
Free childcare provided as well as dinner for everyone
Topics discussed will include
Understanding grief and your new normal
Missing Joy: Milestones
Marriage and Relationship strain
Road to Healing : Coping
Healing and Wholeness service to follow in the sanctuary (this is invitation is extended to everyone in the church as well not just PAIL participants )
If you can’t make this session, please join us for our next session on February 26, 2017 from 3pm-6pm. Please contact one of our ministry members if you or someone you know in our community would like to attend. LMPCPAIL@gmail.com or Rev. Tracie Stewart 803-727-3725.