In a recent YouTube video, singer Danielle Rose spoke of her personal pregnancy loss, which became the guiding inspiration for her forthcoming album, “Mamastery.” Rose explained that while working on her new album, she was pregnant with her fourth child, but then her daughter, Mary Seraphina, “was born stillborn from a cord accident.” Rose said, “[A]s you can imagine, it’s been quite the journey. My heart has been ripped open in a way that it never quite has before. In the midst of that, God has been drawing out a new beauty, a new love, a new healing that I had never experienced before either.”
The album title is a “combination of the word ‘mama’ and ‘monastery,'” according to Rose, who says the album is “about how when you give your life to God as a wife and mother, it’s this hidden call of radical service to God just like nuns in a monastery- except it’s in a different vocation. It’s a beautiful life.” But Rose says her songs will also be relevant “to anyone in their walk of life trying to just find their place with God, make a difference in the world. And guess what? We all get to do that, right where we find ourselves, with the ordinary daily life that surrounds us.”
Rose said, “I invite you, particularly those who have lost a child, if you’d please allow us to not only memorialize this album to dedicate to Mary Seraphina, we want to honor the lives of your family, your story, [your] children who have gone back home to God. Please, share the name of your child, your story, and let us include them in the dedication of this album.”
Rose released the title track music video (below) for the “Mamastery” album shortly before losing Mary Seraphina to stillbirth.
Rose’s album dedication is part of a growing, reassuring trend towards acknowledging the humanity and value of children lost at any stage of development- children lost to miscarriage, to stillbirth, as newsborns, and beyond. Organizations like Red Bird Ministry are coming alongside families who have experienced the heartbreaking devastation of child loss. This past spring, the TODAY show ran a series called “Miscarriage Matters” in which the humanity of preborn children was a major theme.
Celebrities like Meghan Markle, Chrissy Teigen, Josie Balka, Jinger Duggar Vuolo, Meghan McCain, and more have recently shared their stories of pregnancy loss publicly. Some employers are taking the hint and now offering paid bereavement leave for women or couples who experience child loss. All of these are positive signs that the humanity of the preborn child is coming into focus for a greater number of Americans. We all benefit from acknowledging the innate human dignity of our smallest brothers and sisters.
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