In June 2020, my husband and I suffered an unimaginable loss. At 14 weeks pregnant, I suffered a miscarriage two days before we planned to announce the pregnancy to our entire family. The baby we lost would have been our firstborn, and they will forever be a part of our family.
Adam and I are blessed with incredibly supportive friends and family who surrounded us with love during such a difficult time, but one gift in particular sparked the idea for The Rainbow Candle. A few weeks after our loss, I received a package from a friend in North Carolina. The package included a necklace with a stamped rainbow pennant, a December birthstone charm (the month our baby was due), and the below poem by Christy Ann Martine. I cannot tell you how much this gift meant to me. Somehow, it helped me realize that even though we never met our baby, they would forever be a part of our lives.
Little dove I love you so
But I know you had to go.
So spread your wings
And fly my love,
Soar above the world my dove.
Paint the sky in indigo
Let your graceful colors flow,
And I'll search the sky
For your rainbow.
The reality is one in four pregnancies will end in a miscarriage. Yet, somehow, it's not something that we hear about often. I am sharing our story because I want other families to know they are not alone.
Since that loss, we've been blessed with our daughter, Elliot, born in February 2022.
The beauty of The Rainbow Candle is that it can symbolize different things for different people. It can represent the loss of an unborn baby, the loss of someone close to you, or even a pet crossing over the rainbow bridge. It can also celebrate the birth of a rainbow baby (like our Elliot) and new beginnings.
Whatever this candle represents to you or whomever you're gifting it to, I hope it holds a special place in your heart, just like it does mine.
Shop the Rainbow Candle here.