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While Three Little Birds Perinatal supports all faiths and belief systems, we operate as a universally accepting and loving organization. Many families who lose babies, refer to their children as "angels". Some families are comforted by religious texts and imagery. Many families assign animals or symbols to represent their baby's spirit. Regardless of belief, bird symbolism has been used for centuries in scripture, folklore and culture to represent numerous emotions, journeys and spiritual comfort, especially associated with grief. In an effort to connect the symbolism of birds with loss, as well as our 2018 focus theme of the month, Three Little Birds will explore the meanings and connections of different species of birds and how they can be connected to grief and healing..
Photo by (c) Brent Samuelson, smileformrbphotography.wordpress.com
The Focus Theme for March for Three Little Birds Perinatal is SUPPORT.
Rarely seen alone, ducks are often seen in flocks or tending to their families within their own community hustling and bustling around town or hanging out at the pond.
Many species of ducks are monogamous, they are often seen rearing all of the ducklings in their community, supporting one another like family, friends and neighbors. Most duck species breed once a year, choosing to do so in favorable conditions (spring/summer or wet seasons). Ducks also tend to make a nest before breeding, and, after hatching, lead their ducklings to water. Mother ducks are very supportive, caring and protective of their young,
Noted for their unique call, ducks quack to communicate with one another. Just as when seeking support, it is important for families to communicate with their families and loved ones what their needs are. This could be needing someone to talk to who will listen, instead of trying to fix the situation, or setting boundaries with family members and friends who may also be pregnant or have small children around the same age. Three Little Birds encourages families to go to where the support is, rather than who they hope to receive support from. Because everyone reacts to grief differently, it may be hard for others close to you to give you the support you need and accept, because they too are grieving your loss. Three Little Birds provides support and resources to all family members and friends of families suffering from pregnancy and infant loss.
Like ducks, Three Little Birds nests our community together as a source of support. We offer a variety of services for families to decide what support they need, while connecting them with others who understand the same need for support, despite their own situation being unique. Loss families are free to reach out via text, telephone or email to find out the support available to them and how to deal with others who may not be as supportive as they had hoped. Pregnancy and infant loss is a grief like no other and only understood by those who have also walked the same journey. We are here to walk the journey with you.
Kristen Samuelson, SBD, Founder & Director