A Rose in Heaven: A Journey of Hope and Healing for  Women who Grieve the Loss of Their Baby  -     By: Dawn Siegrist Waltman
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This homeschool product specifically reflects a Christian worldview. A Rose in Heaven: A Journey of Hope and Healing for Women who Grieve the Loss of Their Baby

Heart Rhymes & Roses / 1999 / Paperback

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Each year thousands of women lose a child to miscarriage, stillbirth, or early infant death. How can family, friends, and church leaders help in the face of such tragedy? Written by a mother who's experienced the pain, this sympathetic guide provides support for grieving parents, reassurance of God's love, and the hope of heaven.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 69
Vendor: Heart Rhymes & Roses
Publication Date: 1999
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 X .25 (inches)
ISBN: 1929678037
ISBN-13: 9781929678037
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Author: Dawn Waltman
Located in: Intercourse, PA
Submitted: July 03, 2000

    Tell us a little about yourself.   I am a person who loves fairytales! Why? Because they always end happily ever after! I love "happily ever after" endings. I just wish life was full of them! As a wife and mother of four children on earth and three children in heaven, I realize, however, that if life had only fairytale endings I would never grow in the grace, strength, and joy of Jesus. I have so much to learn about His goodness, His mercy, and His love. And while most of my time is dedicated to my family I do enjoy speaking on a variety of topics related to women's and children's issues. Both of these callings challenge me in my walk with Jesus.

    What was your motivation behind this project?   After struggling more than three years with infertility, I became pregnant twice in one year, but lost both of the babies to miscarriages. At that time our church, family, and friends did not know how to help us work through our grief and so as a couple we pushed it down deep in our hearts and tried to move on with life. Two years later we were thrilled to become pregnant and give birth to a little boy and then a little girl two years after that. Life was busy and exciting for our family of four and the fairytale seemed to continue as we looked forward to the birth of a new baby. The fairytale ended, however, when our little girl Molly Dawn was stillborn at five months. In addition to working through her death we were also faced with the unresolved grief from our first two miscarriages. I felt trapped in a cycle of grief that the world did not understand. God in His goodness, however, raised up several people who covered us with their prayers as well as their words and acts of compassion. As time went by a healing began in our hearts. Slowly but steadily we made our way through the grief process and on to hope and healing in Jesus Christ. During that first and most difficult year following Molly's death, I journaled my thoughts, and emotions, my highs and my lows, as well as every twist and turn of my journey. Some time later God gave the vision for A Rose in Heaven. Using my journal entries, powerful scripture verses, and intercessory prayers a grieving woman can truly feel as if someone is walking with her during her journey of grief.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?   My vision for A Rose in Heaven is two fold. First, I want this resource to bring hope and healing to a broken mothers heart by providing understanding and empathy, an ongoing sense of companionship and frindship, encouragement to face holidays and difficult occasions, and most of all the hope of heaven for the future found in the healing of Jesus'touch today. Second, I want to create an awareness in the church body, friends, and family members to help educate and equip them to become a part of the healing process in a grieving mother instead of compounding the hurt in her heart.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?   I treasure the Psalms that David wrote while going through the twists and turns of his journey here on earth. He wrote with such passion and openness. I draw alot of strength from that passion. Contemporary Christian music, particulary praise and worship music also blesses my heart both in times of sorrow as well as rejoicing. I believe my biggest influence in life, however, is children. I love to watch them and listen to their hearts. They reveal so much about God simply because their lives are not cluttered with the complicated issues of this world. And if Jesus Himself said, "The kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these" you can bet I will try to find out their secret!

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:   We do not live in a perfect world. We live in a world where there is indeed sickness, sadness, and death, including the death of children before they even had a chance to grace our lives. But, we do serve an awesome God who cares for us and our babies far more then we could ever imagine. Grief is a process not a permanent position. Through Jesus, we can move through grief and on to hope and healing if we allow Him to hold us in His arms. The title of the book, A Rose in Heaven, is symbolic of the tiny little rose bud that grows in a woman's womb. Fearfully and wonderfully made it needs just time and love until it will be born or "bloom". For many women, however, the tiny bud does not bloom and the baby inside their womb dies. The pain can be beyond words. But Jesus wants to deliver us from the unspeakable grief and carry us on to healing. When we allow Him to do that we also find hope in heaven! The hope of seeing our baby healthy, happy and in full bloom! A true rose in heaven!!

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