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Catholic mom gives heartfelt advice in book for grieving parents

When Karen Weis lost her son, Nathan, six years ago, she embarked on a personal grief journey that ended up reaching further than she ever could have imagined.

Nathan Weis was 20 when he died in a car accident. Karen Weis and her husband, Dan, were on a weekend trip when they received the devastating news.

Human suffering has infinite value, opens us to God's love

Ed Hogan, Director of Paul VI Pontifical Institute and associate professor at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, gave a two-part presentation on the theology of suffering. The talk was entitled, “God Does Everything for a Reason, Right?”

It's the question that often comes up when a person experiences a loss: Why did God allow this to happen?

It's a difficult question to answer, especially when the answer can have an effect on whether or not they are consoled in their grief, said Ed Hogan, director of the archdiocesan Paul VI Institute. But we can learn about the value of suffering -- and the grace we can receive from it -- by turning to what the Church teaches on the subject.

Book about infant with trisomy reveals dignity of all life

When Sheryl Crosier set out to write a book about her son Simon, who was born with trisomy 18, she did so with the intention of telling his story and honoring his memory.

But her passion for writing the book also has blossomed into a mission to educate others about the dignity and sanctity of all human life.

In August, Crosier published "I am Not a Syndrome -- My Name is Simon." The book is available in e-book and print format through All Star Press.

House Springs parish to host half-day grief retreat Nov. 17

The grief support group at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish in House Springs is hosting, "From Darkness to Light," a half-day retreat program from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the parish, 4696 Notre Dame Lane.

Bob Eigenrauch, a chaplain with the Fern and Russell de Greeff Hospice House, will lead the program. He will convey God's consolation through Scripture, prayer, reflection and faith-sharing.

Palliative care fits Catholic health mission, but too few aware of it

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Palliative Care Research Center estimates that 90 million Americans are living with serious or life-threatening illnesses and the number is expected to double over the next 25 years.

People nearing the end of life and their families often are confused about the options available to them in terms of pain control and about whether they have an obligation to use all of the life-prolonging technology available to them. These discussions are particularly lively among Catholics and in the West Coast states where physician-assisted suicide is a legal option.

St. Clare nurse takes on mission of helping parents after loss of an infant

Melanie Schwob, an RN with the Family Birthplace at SSM St. Clare Health Center in Fenton, is taking on an additional role as bereavement coordinator. She will be dedicating some of her time helping staff as they care for patients who have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss.

On most days, the Family Birthplace at SSM St. Clare Health Center in Fenton is a little slice of heaven on earth. The staff are abuzz as they prepare a newborn to snuggle in his mother's arms for the first time. His arrival is announced with a soft lullaby played over the hospital's PA system, a sweet reminder that another one of God's children has entered this earth.

But sometimes, that's not the case. When parents lose their child to miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death, the situation can be unexpected, devastating and life-altering.

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