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A ministry for those who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss

Family Ministries and Support

For every mother who mourns the loss of your child
you are a mom and will always be a mom. 

For every father who mourns the loss of your child
you are a dad and will always be a dad.  

Please allow our ministry team to express our deepest condolences to all who are grieving the loss of a child before or after birth. Whether you are a parent, family member, or friend trying to help, know that you are not alone in your loss, mourning, and struggles during this time. 

Behold Your Child Ministry is offered by those of us who have personally experienced early child loss to provide spiritual, emotional and practical support for those who are experiencing this loss. Let us lift up our grief with these words of petition and hope: “To you, O Lord, I lift my soul. Your ways, O Lord make known to me, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my savior. Relieve the troubles of my heart and bring me out of my distress, for I take refuge in you.” Psalm 25:1, 4, 5, 17, 20(b). We entrust the souls of our little ones to the care of God the Father, our Mother Mary – Queen of Heaven and Jesus our Savior. May the Holy Spirit guide us and protect our children.

Behold Your Child Ministry Mission  

Behold Your Child Ministry serves parents and families who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, prenatal diagnosis, or infant loss (whether recently or years ago). Originally launched by the Archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa we are in the beginning stages of establishing this ministry in the Archdiocese of Denver. 

Parents who experience the loss of a child at whatever stage of pregnancy or infancy are often overwhelmed by grief that is intense, isolating, and sometimes invalidated by others. We seek to be present to those who suffer the loss of a child by providing spiritual support, pastoral care, and practical resources. Trained volunteers who have experienced such losses themselves, are available to those who request assistance. We are not licensed professionals. If you need a doctor or a mental health care specialist, please seek their support. There is an annual Behold Your Child Memorial Mass at host parishes to honor these precious children and their families.

Our sincere prayer is that the resources and information provided here will help bring some sense of solace and peace to those who have experienced the loss of a child. 

“For those who trust in God, in the pain and sorrow there is consolation, in the face of despair there is hope, in the midst of death there is life. . . as we mourn the death of our children we place ourselves in the hands of God and ask for strength, for healing, and for love.” 

– Excerpt from: IX. Order for the Blessing of Parents After a Miscarriage, Shorter Book of Blessings, Catholic Book Publishing, New York,1990.

Upcoming Events:

Upcoming Behold Your Child Events

Annual Memorial Mass and Reception
October 25, 2024 at 7 PM
Saint Thomas More Catholic Church
8035 S. Quebec St., Centennial, CO 80112

Child Loss Memorial Masses in the Archdiocese of Denver

Loss of a Child Mass
November 2024 – More information to come.
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
2298 S Logan Street Denver, CO

Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass for Infant and Unborn Loss
December 12, 2024 | Time TBD
St Mary Catholic Parish
6853 South Prince Street Littleton, CO 80120

Precious Lives Annual Memorial Mass – October 5, 2024
English Mass: 9:00 AM | Spanish Mass: 11:00 AM
Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery
12801 West 44th Avenue Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

Resources and Information

Physical Support

Practical and Immediate Support

First and foremost, please call your health care provider.



Life Affirming Health Care Providers

Dr. Kathleen Sander, OB/GYN
Abby Sinnett, MSN, WHNP-C
Bella Health + Wellness
180 E. Hampden Ave, Suite #100
Englewood, CO 80113

Dr. Edwin Anselmi, Family Practice/OB
Our Lady Of Hope Medical Clinic
7960 S. University Blvd. Suite #203
Centennial, CO 80122

Dr. Sarah Pederson OB GYN MD
Vera Health & Fertility
12207 Pecos Street, Suite 500, Westminster, CO 80234
303-797-5595 or

Dr. Rachel Langley, DO, IBCLC
Pine Ridge Family Medicine
9362 Grand Cordera Parkway, Suite 210
Colorado Springs, CO 80924

Dr. Monica Serrano-Toy, Family Practice
Associates in Family Medicine
2121 E. Harmony Road Suite #370
Fort Collins, CO 80528

Caring for Your Baby's Body

Since human life begins at conception, the remains of all babies must be treated with the same respect as the remains of other human beings. Such remains should never be spoken of or considered as “mere tissue” or “medical waste,” or treated in the same way as medical waste. The remains of babies should either be buried or cremated in a respectful manner and place. Cremated remains should either be  buried or entombed.  

Parents may wish to arrange for private burial and cremation with a funeral director, or have their baby’s remains buried in a communal grave in a specially designated section of a cemetery. A health care facility at which the mother has been a patient during the miscarriage or stillbirth may be able to assist with these arrangements.  

Families experiencing perinatal loss should be afforded all the services and support that would be offered for families who have an older child or adult die, including proper care and burial. 

For more information and assistance contact Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services anytime, day or night at  720-605-0689 and/or Precious Lives Burial at 303-502-9666.  Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services- Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery



  • Precious Lives Burial -Archdiocese of Denver 
    • Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services of Colorado would like to take each precious life into their care for placement in Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery at no cost.
  • Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic ChurchBoulder, CO
    • Documents to assist in planning your loved one’s funeral, Sacred Heart of Mary Cemetery Guidelines, and purchasing information
  • Colorado Funeral Homes Directory 
  • Colorado Cemeteries by County
  • Behold Your Child Ministry – Centennial, CO
  • Angel Beds – St. Frances Cabrini/Littleton, CO
    • Provides at no charge caskets (“Angel Beds”) and burial garments to those in need and give those families the dignity that they deserve.


  • Trappist Caskets
    • New Melleray Abbey in Peosta, IA offers small wooden caskets and urns free of charge, and they will ship them when needed to parents who have lost children. These also work for children in very early development
  • Heaven’s Gain Ministries
    • Heaven’s Gain Ministries has baby caskets (first trimester through infancy), glass vessels, and miscarriage kits available for purchase.
  • Resources for Military Families

Spiritual Support


  • Order for the Naming and Commendation of an Infant who Died Before Birth (Archdiocese of St. Louis)
  • Naming Ceremony of a Child Lost to Miscarriage or Stillbirth (Diocese of Fargo)

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

Catholic Resources


Child Loss Ministries

Catholic Grief Counseling

Natural Family Planning 

Other Diocese Support:



Suffering & Grieving

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Articles 

Catholic Digest 

Catholic Miscarriage Support 

Prayers, Devotions, and Novenas 

Emotional Support

Colorado Grief Support

Catholic Grief Counseling

Support Groups: Non-Catholic 

Colorado Organizations

  • Angel Eyes
    • Helps Colorado families cope with the sudden, unexpected death of an infant or toddler while raising awareness and supporting research. They offer free professional bereavement counseling, a support group, peer connections, and community referrals.
  • Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep 
    • Providing the gift of remembrance portraits to parents experiencing the death of a baby.

  • Walk With Me
    • Is devoted to giving practical, financial, and emotional support to families who are learning to live in the wake of their child’s death prior to or shortly after birth. It is their mission to provide refuge for grieving families and help them break through barriers that in the way of hope.

Reflections & Resources for Parents, Grandparents, Siblings, and Clergy

For Families and Professionals 

Prayerful reflections are available below for those who have been affected by miscarriage, stillbirth, infant loss, or a life-limiting prenatal diagnosis. These reflections allow people, at their own pace, to sit and reflect on what they are experiencing. Reflections for mothers, fathers, couples, siblings (both older and younger), grandparents, medical professionals, and ministers may be accessed and downloaded below under each category.

For Fathers

Other Family Members

  • A Complicated Grief: Persevering in Faith in the Midst of Suffering: personal reflection by Kerry Weber on losing her niece.

For Siblings

For Clergy

Suggested Books


Miscarriage, Stillbirth

  • A Silent Sorrow Pregnancy Loss: Guidance and Support for You and Your Family by Ingrid Kohn and Perry-Lynn Moffitt
  • Empty Arms: Hope and Support for Those Who Have Suffered a Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Tubal Pregnancy by Pam Vredevelt

Miscarriage, Stillbirth, Infant Death

  • Nursery of Heaven:  Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss in the Lives of the Saints and Today’s Parents by Cassie Everts and Patrick O’Hearn
  • Blessed is the Fruit of Thy Womb: Rosary Reflections on Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss by Heidi Indahl
  • Empty Cradle, Broken Heart: Surviving the Death of Your Baby by Deborah L. Davis
  • Empty Arms: Coping with Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Death by Sherokee Ilse

Miscarriage, Stillbirth, Infant Death, Child Loss

  • Hiding in the Upper Room: How the Catholic Sacraments Healed Me from Child Loss by Kelly Breaux
  • The One Year Book of Hope by Nancy Guthrie
  • Holding Onto Hope:  A Pathway Through Suffering to the Heart of God by Nancy Guthrie
    • (Includes Eight-Week Bible Study on the Book of Job)
  • Silent Grief: Miscarriage-Child Loss: Finding Your Way Through the Darkness by Clara Hinton
  • Sufficient Grace: Standing in the Sacred Place where Heaven Meets Earth by Kelly Gerken
  • The Grief of Dads: Support and Hope for Catholic Fathers Navigating Child Loss by Patrick O’Hearn, Bryan Feger, Ryan & Kelly Breaux

Difficult Prenatal Diagnosis

Sudden Infant Death

  • A Thousand Pounds:  Finding the Strength to Live and Love under the Weight of Unbearable Loss by Brianne Edwards
  • SIDS & Infant Death Survival Guide: Information & Comfort for Grieving Family & Friends & Professionals Who Seek to Help Them by Joani Nelson Horchler & Robin Rice

Experiencing Infertility

For All Loss

Articles, Blog Posts, Other Websites, and Organizations

Articles and Blog Posts

Websites and Organizations

Catholic Infertility Support

Infertility Support

Natural Family Planning


Online Resources

Contact Us

Please use the form to reach our team. Whether you:

  • are grieving the loss of your child
  • have received a life limiting diagnosis for your baby
  • are a parent who has experienced child loss in the past and would like to walk alongside other families experiencing child loss
  • are a parish seeking to start your own child loss ministry
  • would like to host a Behold your Child Memorial Mass for child loss

we want to support you.

or email us:

Deacon Dave and Gail Simonton or

Deacon Spencer Thornber

Full Name(Required)