Jessica Zucker, a clinical psychologist specializing in women’s reproductive health, came with the idea of creating empathy cards directed to women who experienced a miscarriage as she did back in 2012. She noticed how hard was for her relatives to show words of comfort.
Zucker miscarried in 2012 when she was only 4 months pregnant. “The experience of a miscarriage is extremely isolating for women, as those closest to them try at all costs to avoid the uncomfortable aspect of acknowledging the miscarriage,” Zucker said, as USA Today reported.
On September 29, sucker revealed 8 greeting cards that are directed to those women who miscarriage and experienced a pregnancy loss, including stillbirth. The words “Grief knows no timeline. Take all the time you need,” are read in the line of sympathy cards Zucker unveiled.
The psychologist stated that she created a good alternative for friends and family who usually run out of words when they are supposed to make women who have miscarried, feel better.
“I see these cards specifically as filling a sort of cultural conversation gap and a marketplace gap. The sympathy cards that do exist that relate to miscarriage and pregnancy loss are not resonant for me or people I know,” Zucker told Mashable.
“We need to be comfortable talking about these types of losses because they are normative. If we endeavor to create life, we are vulnerable to losing a life, and that is a fact,” she stated to USA Today.
On 2014, Zucker wrote against the stigma around miscarriage in an essay published in the New York Times, telling about her experience. She used the hashtag #IHadAMiscarriage, in order to encourage other women to also tell their own experiences.
“My vision was that it would help people feel less alone, and show the world in general how frequently this is happening. It invites people in, to share their story if they want to and feel validated in their experiences,” she said to USA Today.
Additionally, the greeting cards are available on Zucker’s website for $4.50 each. Also, a pack of 10 cards is available for $38 and you can find them in selected stores in Los Angeles, California.