November 2007 marks the one-year anniversary of OurHopePlace.com --- a business that aims to demystify miscarriage and soothe the suffering by acknowledging the loss of a baby.
Over the past year, Our Hope Place co-founders Laura Racanelli and Sharon Stenger have helped promote conversation and gift giving as a tangible acknowledgement of miscarriage, opening the door to healing. Following their own miscarriages, Racanelli and Stenger found that very few people knew how to offer them comfort and they realized there existed a need to help women, their families and friends through this trying time. Visitors to OurHopePlace.com learn and share in miscarriage support methods, which others have employed to start the healing process.
The statistics about miscarriage are staggering, one in five pregnancies end this way. Miscarriage is a real loss and in order to begin to soothe the pain, there must be acknowledgement. The heart of Our Hope Place is the bracelet of hope. This delicate jade bracelet was inspired by a gift Racanelli received from her mother after she suffered her miscarriage. The bracelet changes meaning and function as you heal from a distraction to a tangible symbol of hope.
Visitors to OurHopePlace.com can customize “Cope and Hope Care Packages” --- with the bracelet and other items designed to console and promote healing. OurHopePlace.com offers helpful advice, addresses the emotions and situations of those individuals affected by this life altering experience and is a resource of comfort during a difficult time.