The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


About the stillborn

Q: What are the appropriate rites and remembrances for stillborn/miscarried children? A member wants the names of her stillborn/miscarried children read aloud during the service on All Saints' Day, and she wants to know why they were denied baptism rites.

A: A portion of the church's document The Use of the Means of Grace says: "A dead person, child or adult, is not baptized. Prayers at such a death may include naming, signing with the cross, anointing for burial and commendation to God. Prayers and commendations may be offered in the event of a stillbirth or of the early loss of a pregnancy."

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