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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..
The Focus Theme for February for Three Little Birds Perinatal is LOVE.
Love birds are the living testimony of the most wonderful emotion on earth - love. These little parrots always seen in pairs are the ideal symbol of love, ecstasy, long-term commitment, loyalty and care. Isn't it a pleasure to watch cute, little birdies sitting in pair and cooing love?
Love birds, the small African parrots with colorful feathers, derive their name of endearment from the way they sit together in pairs all day long. The way they hop and play around and closely stick to each other indeed makes for an affectionate demonstration of love. It is apparently believed that the love birds cannot survive without their mates for long and thus, have come to represent fidelity and love over the years.
When couples experience the loss of a pregnancy or baby, each of them experiences it in their own way. Many relationships may not survive a loss and only further complicates the healing process. While grief has to be processed by the individual in their own way, Three Little Birds supports loving support of each other in the weeks and months that follow these tragedies. There are several support professionals available to help couples navigate the challenges of these losses. Love created the life that was lost and it can also help heal it, when treated with respect, dignity and empathy.
There is an ancient belief that on Valentine's Day these birds pick their mates. You would be surprise to know that in some parts of the United Kingdom, Valentine's Day is celebrated as 'Bird's Wedding Day'. Valentine's Day, the day of love, has for long been associated to hearts, candies, flowers, cupid, and not to forget, the very lovey-dovey love birds. It is believed that on this day, the love birds pick their mates and their association is usually a long one. Once mated, the love birds are almost inseparable, with their bond often lasting for a lifetime. Because of this, the love birds have come to connote fidelity, long-term commitment and love.
While most couples will cite difficulties in their relationships after loss, many families find that the tragic experience they weathered together only strengthened their bonds, much like the love birds. Three Little Birds can offer your family numerous ways to bond your family together after loss and in memory your sweet child.
This month, Three Little Birds will be celebrating LOVE and discussing how to use love to heal grief and help others, as well as promoting our pregnancy after loss support services. We encourage you to tell us….how do you use love to heal your heart?
Kristen Samuelson, SBD, Founder & Director