Ministry

Deprived, even, of a name

Jan 25th, 2015 | By | Category: Ministry

“Get the telephone directory and find out which undertaker is on call for stillborns”. Sister Evangelina’s businesslike manner was the conventional response to the deep grief of stillbirth.

Tonight’s episode of Call the Midwife had more pastoral sensitivity than might have been expected in the early 1960s. The vicar protests at there being a lack of any proper funeral rite for baby April, there being no liturgy, no prayers. In the convent chapel he improvises a service for the grieving parents and members of the nursing and religious community.

Sadly, …