phase 3: angry loss of faith

*Disclaimer:  If you are religious/spiritual and easily offended,  you might want to skip this one.  Expressing yourself when you’re in the depths of hell can get ugly.  I actually wrote this one about a week ago and kept it semi-private, but I think it’s important to share all the parts of this horrifying journey.  Triumph and Light may come later, but this is how I feel right now…


Sometimes (most times, really) I am overwhelmed by the force of love that has been washing over me and Husband like healing waves for the past couple weeks.  Other times, I just want to run screaming through the black hole in my heart and punch God in the face.

When tragedy strikes,  friends and family sometimes grapple for a way to find the positive in it for you.  ”Well at least it had nothing to do with your health, so that’s good news, right?”  I’ve heard that one several times, and every time it has made me want to eat the eyeballs of the speaker.   My son just died. Please don’t tell me what’s “good” about that just yet, mmkay?  But that poorly thought out pat on the back is at least based in something tangible and fact-based, as opposed to the list of encouraging tidbits that are mystical or religious.   At the risk of sounding ungrateful and bitter, let me make something clear:  the phrases “This is nature’s way of blah blah blah….” and “This is part of God’s Plan” come from the same gigantic load of horseshit that simply does not apply to me right now.

When there is a car accident,  there is always a reason for it.  Driving is dangerous, and there are thousands of other drivers around you hurling themselves down the highway at 60 to 80 miles an hour in heaps of metal and glass powered by a series of  explosions taking place about three feet away from your head.  So  as much as it sucks when an accident happens, it’s easy to see how things can go wrong.  There is always a reason.   Somebody fucked up.  Something was broken.  It rained.  There’s a messed up reason, but there is a reason.  There is still order to how things work.  You might not want it to, but ultimately it makes some kind of goddamn sense.

There is not an answer for me as to what happened to my child.  He was perfectly healthy. I was perfectly healthy.  Through his own healthy activity, he managed to get himself tangled in his cord enough to cut off his own blood supply.  My own doctor called it “very rare” and  ”just bad luck”.  ”Nothing could have been done,”  she said.  There was no reason.  There was no fucking reason for it at all.   Just a cruel kick in the face from fate accompanied by endless nightmares.  I did everything right,  we got past the scary part where things are supposed to go wrong if they are “meant” to.   I was almost  six months fucking pregnant.  The highway is a dangerous place… the outside world in general is a dangerous place… my womb is supposed to be the safest place in the motherfucking universe.  My body is still looking for him.  I had a healthy child inside me, and then I gave birth.  My hands, my arms, my breasts, my belly, my brain…. every part of my body thinks I should have a baby now.   And not even my doctor can give me a reason why I don’t, and so my mind won’t let me rest.  It searches,  wanders deep into the darkest parts of space and my exhausted angry mind looking for a reason.  There is not a reason.   I’m supposed to be looking for a cradle and a car seat to put my kid in right now, not an impossibly tiny fucking urn.   I’m supposed to be thinking about where to send him to school,  not where to scatter his fucking ashes.    No reason.  So if there is a god, and this is part of his “plan”,  then FUCK. THAT. GUY.

Yeah, I’m mad. I have always heard that one of nature’s most dangerous animals is a mother whose young has been threatened. You’re telling me the only thing I have to blame for this is God’s mysterious ways??  And then I’m supposed to pray to this same asshole for comfort?  What is he, some kind of mob boss who kills your family but then you have to kiss his ass and pay him off so he doesn’t kill you, too?  No, thanks.

At this moment in time, I can’t remember what I believed in before,  spirit-wise.  I know there was something.  I had some kind of faith…  If the creation of life and the birth of a child is the ultimate example of a faith affirming “miracle”, then this is the opposite of all that.   When a star dies,  it creates a black hole that sucks in everything around it… even Light.   So what, then, when a star dies inside you?    Is this when I cross over to the dark side of the force?  Might as well.. even Darth Vader had kids….


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Katie
    Jan 03, 2012 @ 11:29:26

    I am just so sorry for the pain you are in. Although I’ve experienced miscarriages and thought I felt the depths of pain, what you are going through is so much worse because of how far you had gotten and the senselessness of it. I totally agree with what you are saying and feeling about people’s insensitive comments about “nature’s way”, “god’s plan” and all that other crap. Would they say that to someone who just lost their toddler to a freak accident? I think not and wonder how this is different. I hurt for you.


  2. Melissa
    Jan 03, 2012 @ 11:31:32

    I’m glad you shared this. This time in your life isn’t pretty. It’s gut-wrenching, it’s ugly, it’s horrific. It’s honest. You have every right to feel exactly how you are feeling. I really hope that this awful time passes quickly for you, but I have a feeling it won’t. you loved your son fiercely, not just as any mother would, but somehow more, because of how incredibly hard you’d tried to him. He was so wanted, so needed. It’s that much more unfair. *HUGS*


  3. whitney
    Jan 04, 2012 @ 00:44:05

    I cant imagine loosing one of my kids. Im terribly sorry for your loss and your pain.


  4. Nity
    Jan 05, 2012 @ 10:34:29

    Here from LFCA.

    I’m so sorry for your loss.


  5. Just Me, The Mrs
    Jul 17, 2012 @ 22:07:06

    Thank you for sharing this. I cannot begin to imagine how it is for you, but I have had that anger towards someone called God. And never got back my faith ever since. And to know that I was someone who was religious/spiritual. I tried explaining to people around me, but no one would understand. Thank you again for this. I have tears writing this comment just because I know I am not alone to feel this way towards this ‘greater, higher, power’.


  6. Sarah
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 14:51:30

    Hi, I know it’s been like forever ago since you posted this, but it clicked in my head today. I read this when it was originally posted and my heart ached for you. I had been trying for 4.5 years to get pregnant with my miracle at that time. Then It happened! TWINS even! lol I was in total shock. Perfectly healthy pregnancy until at 19 weeks my water broke and I gave birth to my twins for no reason whatsoever. Of course, they were just too tiny to make it, but they held on for about 2 hours. Like I said, today for no reason at all this exact post came back to me and I just HAD to find it. You put into words everything I felt (and still am) feeling. I continued reading some of your posts and realized that your due date was April 9th, 2012. My twins were due April 8, 2013. I noticed you haven’t posted recently, I hope you are doing well, and I hope that you’ve gotten stronger in the past year. Thank you for your words. ❤


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