The Shirt

healing heart

When I first miscarried, I was tempted to wear a sign that said, “Recently miscarried” so that people would not ask me questions like “when will you have another one?” I felt like I was a big open wound walking around with people constantly poking me with their questions of when I would expand my family.

My husband joked that I needed a shirt that implied stop asking questions. At the same time, I wanted to talk about it. I wanted to talk about how much it hurt to lose a child, and how wounded my heart really was. I also wanted a shirt that I could curl up in for a week during those times when I really couldn’t face people at all.

I knew my graphic designer husband wouldn’t let this idea sit for long. One afternoon he sent me a design over text message and tears fell from my eyes. This shirt is based on the promise that God heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. The simple design resonated with me and was exactly what I wanted to express when I couldn’t find the words to speak. Healing after the loss of a child is a continuous journey, an ever-changing grief.

The “Healing Heart” t-shirt is a conversation starter on days I feel compelled to share and educate others about pregnancy loss and mental health, it is a symbol of my grief on days I feel like being quiet, and it’s something I can snuggle up in on days when grief or depression make it hard to leave the house. This shirt is a reminder that no matter how wounded my heart may feel, I can trust that the ultimate healer sees my pain and is already at work in binding up my wounds.

A portion of the proceeds from each shirt will be donated to Pacific Post Partum Society.

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