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MORRISTOWN (WATE) - It's hard to know what to say to someone who has suffered a miscarriage. It's a sensitive issue that many women keep to themselves.
But Stephanie Wilson saw a way to help women and their families who are hurting, and along with her husband, she founded Ruah Touch Ministry in January 2010.
Stephanie sees the ministry as a calling. The non-profit organization provides free retreats for couples who have suffered a miscarriage.
It also depends on donations for Hope Baskets which are provided free upon request to families suffering loss after miscarriage.
Stephanie says word is getting around about the baskets, which are filled with all kinds of comfort items such as a custom made "tear jar" and a certificate of life for the parent to fill out, to memorialize the baby.
So far, 19 baskets have been delivered. Stephanie says each basket contains items worth a total of $150. Most of the items are donated by the community. Others are donated by Stephanie herself.
Stephanie says the baskets sometimes offer more than words can say. "Sometimes they (women) don't want to talk to anybody, but we can send a Hope Basket through a friend or a family member and they can take the basket in with words of encouragement, and they know someone cares."
Donnie and Julie Moss have benefited from Ruah Touch Ministry. The couple has two healthy children, but they'll never forget the hopes and dreams they had for four other pregnancies that ended in miscarriage over a three-year span.
"It's not easy," Julie said. "We'd always said we wanted a large family. We got it just a little differently than what we had planned."
The Mosses have developed an even deeper bond in their marriage after their retreat offered by Ruah Ministries.
"It's just realizing where you are and realizing what's going on with your wife because she is experiencing something in a way that's completely different to you," Donnie explained.
If you know someone who would benefit from a Hope Basket or one of the couple's retreats, or if you'd like to help the ministry, go to www.RuahTouch.com.