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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

  • 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 …

  • 17 - Real Talk on Pregnancy Loss with Rachel Lewis 17 - Real Talk on Pregnancy Loss with Rachel Lewis Play in Edifi Player

    17 - Real Talk on Pregnancy Loss with Rachel Lewis

    Join us for "real talk" on pregnancy loss with Rachel Lewis, author of **Unexpecting: Real Talk on Pregnancy Loss**. Rachel has five children in Heaven and regularly writes about life after loss. She is the founder of **Brave Mamas**, an online community for grieving mothers. Rachel shares about her new book, **Unexpecting**, which walks grieving moms through loss, lament, love, and legacy after the loss of a baby. **In this episode, we discussed:** * Birth trauma and PTSD after …

  • 16 - Courageously Expecting after Loss with Jenny Albers 16 - Courageously Expecting after Loss with Jenny Albers Play in Edifi Player

    16 - Courageously Expecting after Loss with Jenny Albers

    Join us for a conversation about pregnancy after loss with Jenny Albers, author of **Courageously Expecting**. After losing two precious babies, Jenny created **Still Loved**, an online space for grieving families to share their stories. She is passionate about giving bereaved parents a voice in their grief as well as supporting women in their pregnancies after loss. Jenny shares about her new book, **Courageously Expecting**, which provides women with 30 days of encouragement for pregnancy …

  • 15 - Grieving with the Gospel with Casey Nestor 15 - Grieving with the Gospel with Casey Nestor Play in Edifi Player

    15 - Grieving with the Gospel with Casey Nestor

    **Join us for a conversation with Casey Nestor about grieving with the Gospel.** After losing her sons Judah and Caleb, Casey found herself laying on the floor in deep grief, crying out at the foot of the Cross. Through her tears and questions, she depended on Jesus to survive the suffering and be sanctified in His image. **** Because she received a cradle for her son, Casey was connected to Bridget's Cradles and has become a part of our **Hope Online** community. Her testimony of faith has …

  • 14 - The Power of Community for Grieving Mothers with Foreknown Ministries 14 - The Power of Community for Grieving Mothers with Foreknown Ministries Play in Edifi Player

    14 - The Power of Community for Grieving Mothers with Foreknown Ministries

    Join us for a conversation with Alyson and Kelsi of **Foreknown Ministries** about the power of community for grieving mothers. Alyson and Kelsi are best friends who lost their babies two weeks apart from each other. In the deepest of grief, they leaned on their faith and friendship. Now they host weekend retreats, digital support groups, and a texting community for women who have experienced pregnancy loss. They believe in having a "cross" of support: vertical from God and horizontal from …

  • 13 - Coping with Hope through the Holidays with Ashley Opliger 13 - Coping with Hope through the Holidays with Ashley Opliger Play in Edifi Player

    13 - Coping with Hope through the Holidays with Ashley Opliger

    In this special episode, Ashley Opliger shares a heartfelt message and prayer for mothers who are grieving during the holidays. This Christmas season was supposed to be a time of joy and making memories with your baby, but now is filled with overwhelming sadness and pain. Ashley shares practical ideas for "coping with hope" through the holidays when grief is magnified and our hearts miss our babies in Heaven more than we can stand. With a focus on grace and communication, Ashley gives advice …

  • 12 - Renewing Your Mind after Pregnancy Loss with Alicia Michelle 12 - Renewing Your Mind after Pregnancy Loss with Alicia Michelle Play in Edifi Player

    12 - Renewing Your Mind after Pregnancy Loss with Alicia Michelle

    Join us for a conversation with Alicia Michelle, host of the Vibrant Christian Living Podcast, about renewing our minds after pregnancy loss. Alicia is a Bible Teacher and certified NeuroCoach. She equips women with practical brain- and-Biblically based tools to overcome negative thinking and cultivate godly confidence. After losing her son in an early miscarriage, Alicia struggled with overwhelming sadness. Through her journey, God has given her wisdom on how to cope with grief in a healthy …

  • Cradled in Hope 11 - Pressing into the Pain after Infant Loss with Lindsay Johnson Play in Edifi Player

    11 - Pressing into the Pain after Infant Loss with Lindsay Johnson

    Join us for a conversation with Lindsay Johnson, founder of **Aspyn Arrows**, about pressing into the pain after infant loss. Lindsay shares the tragic story of finding her one-month-old daughter, Aspyn, unresponsive in her crib. Following her daughter's death, she struggled with suicidal thoughts. She leaned into her faith and God brought beauty from ashes. In this episode, Lindsay shares her story and more about **Aspyn Arrows** (the nonprofit organization she started to educate families on …