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Module 3Holding up the mirror - for Clergy

Questions for Reflection on “Sitting Shiva”:

  1. Thinking back, what have your reactions been to the news about a pregnancy or infant loss?
  2. How do you encourage families to share such news within your congregation?
  3. Has your own family experienced such a loss? How does that affect your reactions to hearing this news from others?
  4. What are ways that you can keep yourself from putting up the three obstacles to sitting shiva:
    1. running from the pain
    2. trying to explain the unexplainable
    3. blaming (the parents, the medical system, etc.)
  5. What supports and self-care do you need and use to help you do this painful and difficult work?

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