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Cradled in Hope

Cradled in Hope

Jesus cradles us in hope as He cradles our babies in Heaven. What if the hope of Heaven had the power to heal your heart after the loss of your baby? Miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant loss are heartbreaking experiences that no mother should ever have to endure. Drowning in sadness, you cry out in pain, “God, where are You? Why did You let my baby die?” You feel abandoned by Him and question His goodness. How will you ever live without your precious baby? Will you ever see him or her again? Ashley Opliger asked these same questions when her daughter, Bridget, was born into Heaven at 24 weeks in her first pregnancy. In a crisis of faith, Ashley chose to surrender her suffering and allow God to heal her heart. She found purpose in her pain when she started Bridget’s Cradles, a nonprofit that now comforts thousands of grieving families across the country. Through her own story of heartbreak, Ashley will guide you on a journey to trust God’s promise to restore your joy, use your grief for good, and spend eternity with your baby in Heaven. Podcast episodes feature hope-filled messages, stories, and guest interviews. Grieving mothers will be reminded that though we may grieve, we do not grieve without hope! Episodes release on the 1st and 15th of every month. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss a single episode!

Episodes

  • 30 - The Gift of One Day – How to Grieve a Grandchild and Support an Adult Child Who Lost a Baby with Kerry and Chris Shook 30 - The Gift of One Day – How to Grieve a Grandchild and Support an Adult Child Who Lost a Baby with Kerry and Chris Shook Play in Edifi Player

    30 - The Gift of One Day – How to Grieve a Grandchild and Support an Adult Child Who Lost a Baby with Kerry and Chris Shook

    **Join us for a conversation with Pastor Kerry and Chris Shook about how to grieve a grandchild and support an adult child who has lost a baby.** After losing their grandson, Jude, they had to learn how to navigate grief both from the perspective of grandparents and parents. In this episode, they share how they came alongside their son and daughter-in-law and walked with them through their grief. Kerry and Chris give practical ideas on how to show up for your children who are grieving a baby …

  • Bonus Episode - Wave of Light 2022 Bonus Episode - Wave of Light 2022 Play in Edifi Player

    Bonus Episode - Wave of Light 2022

    This is a special bonus episode highlighting the program from the Wave of Light event that Bridget's Cradles hosted in Wichita, Kansas on October 15, 2022, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. **In this episode, we shared:** * The program and announcements from our Wave of Light 2022 event * Scott Evans' remarks and Ashley Opliger's speech and prayer from event * A thank you to our generous corporate and memorial sponsors * The Shine Their Light Award Winners' speech (Jon and …

  • 29 - Joyful Sorrow – Finding Hope in the Darkness of Grief and Trauma with Julie Busler 29 - Joyful Sorrow – Finding Hope in the Darkness of Grief and Trauma with Julie Busler Play in Edifi Player

    29 - Joyful Sorrow – Finding Hope in the Darkness of Grief and Trauma with Julie Busler

    **Join us for a conversation with Julie Busler about mental illness amidst loss and grief.** Julie shares her story of how loss and trauma impacted her mental health and caused her to become suicidal. As a missionary overseas, she was hospitalized in a Turkish psychiatric ward due to her suicidal ideation. Through intense healing from the Lord, medication, and therapy, Julie found hope and joy again. But God didn't heal her entirely of her depression. She has learned how to allow joy and …

  • 28 - Trusting God’s Character after Losing a Baby with Ashley Opliger 28 - Trusting God’s Character after Losing a Baby with Ashley Opliger Play in Edifi Player

    28 - Trusting God’s Character after Losing a Baby with Ashley Opliger

    When you lose a baby, your whole world falls apart. It's common to wonder where God is and why He would allow you to suffer in this way. You feel abandoned by Him and question why He would let your baby die. Unfortunately, we are not immune to the fallen nature of our world corrupted by sin and death. But take heart! Jesus has overcome the world and defeated death forever. And, best of all, He promises us eternity in Heaven with Him and our babies through salvation in Him. In this short …

  • 27 - Abortion, Pregnancy Loss, and the God Who Forgives and Comforts with Misty Phillip 27 - Abortion, Pregnancy Loss, and the God Who Forgives and Comforts with Misty Phillip Play in Edifi Player

    27 - Abortion, Pregnancy Loss, and the God Who Forgives and Comforts with Misty Phillip

    **Join us for a conversation with Misty Phillip about abortion, pregnancy loss, and the God who forgives and comforts.** Misty shares her vulnerable testimony of finding freedom in God's forgiveness after having an abortion. Through her repentance, she has become an advocate for the unborn and shares about the sanctity of human life. After also experiencing pregnancy loss and the stillbirth of a baby boy with a life-limiting diagnosis (and choosing to carry him), Misty shares how she grew in …

  • 26 - Why Prophecy Gives Us Hope to Be Reunited with Our Babies in Heaven with Todd Hampson 26 - Why Prophecy Gives Us Hope to Be Reunited with Our Babies in Heaven with Todd Hampson Play in Edifi Player

    26 - Why Prophecy Gives Us Hope to Be Reunited with Our Babies in Heaven with Todd Hampson

    **Join us for a conversation with Todd Hampson about why Bible Prophecy gives us hope to see our babies again in Heaven.** Todd is the co-host of the Prophecy Pros' Podcast and a grieving father to two babies in Heaven. Todd shares about the unexpected death of his son, Ethan, and how his faith proved to be real as he trusted in God to carry him through. His love for Scripture and Bible Prophecy allowed him to find hope in the midst of his grief. Todd encourages us to focus on our glorious …

  • 25 - Waiting in Hope through Infertility and Loss with Kelley Ramsey 25 - Waiting in Hope through Infertility and Loss with Kelley Ramsey Play in Edifi Player

    25 - Waiting in Hope through Infertility and Loss with Kelley Ramsey

    **Join us for a conversation with Kelley Ramsey about waiting in hope through infertility and pregnancy loss.** Kelley is the founder of **Waiting in Hope Infertility Ministries** and has experienced multiple miscarriages and waiting seasons as she has tried to grow her family. In her heartache, God revealed to her where her true hope really lies—not in a baby—but in her Savior. As she walked with Jesus in her sorrow, she surrendered her desires and trusted God's will for her life. Kelley …

  • 24 - Compassionate Care and Dignified Decisions for Grieving Families with Rebekah Beresford 24 - Compassionate Care and Dignified Decisions for Grieving Families with Rebekah Beresford Play in Edifi Player

    24 - Compassionate Care and Dignified Decisions for Grieving Families with Rebekah Beresford

    **Join us for a conversation with Rebekah Beresford about how she found hope and healing after a traumatic experience delivering her stillborn daughter, Eliana, at a hospital.** She was not offered to hold or see her daughter and later realized that Eliana's ashes were taken as medical waste to a landfill. Through her story of deep pain and sorrow, Rebekah shares why offering compassionate care and dignified decisions at the hospital is crucial for grieving families to have peace in their …

  • 23 - Expecting Loss and Valuing Life with Labor of Hope 23 - Expecting Loss and Valuing Life with Labor of Hope Play in Edifi Player

    23 - Expecting Loss and Valuing Life with Labor of Hope

    **Join us for a conversation with Ryley Chestnut and Hayley Martinez from** **Labor of Hope** **.** They are both certified bereavement doulas who have lost children due to a life-limiting condition in pregnancy. Labor of Hope is an organization that exists to value every life and support couples who have been given a life-limiting diagnosis in pregnancy. Ryley and Hayley advocate for choosing life and making memories with your child. From their own heartbreaking experience, they share their …

  • 22 - Bible Prophecy for the Grieving Mother with Jessica Speas 22 - Bible Prophecy for the Grieving Mother with Jessica Speas Play in Edifi Player

    22 - Bible Prophecy for the Grieving Mother with Jessica Speas

    Join us for a conversation with Jessica Speas about Bible Prophecy and The End Times. This is an opportunity for grieving mothers to learn more about Bible Prophecy and the hope we have as we await Jesus' Second Coming. With a third of the Bible being about prophecy, this is a topic we cannot ignore as Christ- followers. In our season of grief and in this broken world we live, our hope can only be found in Jesus who has promised to return to this earth to rule and reign. Jessica, a grieving …

  • 21 - Grieving Differently after Pregnancy Loss with Moria Rooney 21 - Grieving Differently after Pregnancy Loss with Moria Rooney Play in Edifi Player

    21 - Grieving Differently after Pregnancy Loss with Moria Rooney

    Join us for a conversation with Moria Rooney, founder of Mother of Wilde. After losing her son, Noah Wilde, she started a business that sells memorial prints of babies who passed due to miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss. Moria shares how her faith in Jesus allowed her to grieve differently than the world grieves: with hope. Even after unanswered prayers and a devastating loss, she learned to trust in God's good and unchanging character. Now, she blesses grieving moms with beautiful …

  • 20 - Holding on to Love after You've Lost a Baby with Candy McVicar 20 - Holding on to Love after You've Lost a Baby with Candy McVicar Play in Edifi Player

    20 - Holding on to Love after You've Lost a Baby with Candy McVicar

    **Join us for a conversation with Candy McVicar, author of** **Holding on to Love after You've Lost a Baby** **, a book she co-wrote with Dr. Gary Chapman.** Candy, who has two children in Heaven, shares how to use the 5 Love Languages to strengthen your marriage after loss. Learning how to love your spouse in the midst of sorrow is a powerful way to support each other and grow closer to God and one another. Candy is the founder of the **Missing GRACE Foundation**. She is passionate …

  • 19 - When Wishes Change with Tricia Roos 19 - When Wishes Change with Tricia Roos Play in Edifi Player

    19 - When Wishes Change with Tricia Roos

    Join us for a conversation with Tricia Roos on pursuing and accepting God's will when your motherhood journey looks nothing like what you had hoped or expected it to be. After her daughter, Annabelle, was diagnosed with Trisomy 18, Tricia was advised to get an abortion. Tricia chose life and watched God perform a miracle: allowing Annabelle to live for six days and defy all medical odds. Tricia shares Annabelle's story in her new book, **When Wishes Change**, which describes how God walked …

  • 18 - Strengthening Your Marriage after Pregnancy Loss with Matt & Ashley Opliger 18 - Strengthening Your Marriage after Pregnancy Loss with Matt & Ashley Opliger Play in Edifi Player

    18 - Strengthening Your Marriage after Pregnancy Loss with Matt & Ashley Opliger

    **In this episode, Ashley Opliger is joined with her husband, Matt, for a conversation about strengthening your marriage after pregnancy loss.** Together, they discuss the struggles they faced in navigating complications in Ashley's pregnancy with Bridget and how they walked together after her death. Matt shares his perspective, as the father and husband, of what grieving has been like for him. The loss of a baby is one of the most heartbreaking experiences a couple can face in their …