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Saying goodbye

Saturday, January 9, 2016 was my due date for baby #2.

Not long after I learned of the pregnancy, my sister-in-law Amy was visiting from Chicago. While here, she purchased a wishing stone with the word “health” inscribed on it and gave it to me for the baby. I placed it on top of my dresser and looked at it often during the following weeks. When I miscarried, I wasn’t sure what to do with the stone, and so it remained in its place.

I felt that Saturday was a good time to give it a more permanent home. We went to the reflecting pool at the base of the Lincoln Memorial, tossed the stone in the water, and said goodbye to the baby we never got to know.

It is our hope that by washing away the poor health of the last pregnancy, good health will find us in the future.

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Karen Kelly

Hello! I'm Karen Kelly, co-founder of Through the Heart. My journey started in 2013 when I lost my daughter at 20 weeks into my pregnancy. I experienced 2 more losses along the way and have used this blog as an outlet for a lot of random thoughts and emotions. I hope that you find it helpful. Feel free to reach out at kkelly@throughtheheart.org if I can help in any way!


Christine Dombroski

January 14, 2016 at 8:19 am

Wow, Karen I had no idea that your due date just passed. I am sorry I wish I would have known. But I love that you tossed that stone in such a wonderful and memorable way. My heart goes out to you and Sean daily. Thinking of you and Miss you! Love, Christine!

    Karen Kelly

    January 16, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Thanks Christine! xoxo

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