EARLY YEARS: In Infant Loss Awareness Month, mom shares story of loss

Montgomery County mom Anna Semonco is sharing her own story of loss in a new interactive baby book and journal designed to help others
Anna Semonco hopes her new book will help bring comfort to other parents who have lost a baby
Published: Oct. 19, 2022 at 6:05 AM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - More than 30 years later, Anna Semonco still mourns the baby she lost about halfway through her pregnancy.

“At the time, there weren’t a lot of resources available to you,” she says.

In an effort to honor her infant, Semonco bought a baby book.

“All that it did was bring to light all the things I would miss. There are no firsts, the memorable moments and milestones that I would miss, but I still really wanted to find a way to validate that this baby was a part of my life,” says Semonco.

Semonco already had a son, and later she went on to give birth to a daughter. But the devastation of miscarriage continued affecting her and inspired her to do something for others.

“It’s just always weighed on my heart to create a canvas for parents to be able to express their grief. Not just their grief, but their love, their joy and to create a keepsake for them,” says Semonco.

In May 2022, Semonco released her book titled, “My Soul to Keep, A Baby Book and Journal for Miscarriage and Stillbirth.” It’s the book she wishes she’d had when she lost her baby.

“I approached this book, in a way, just trying to think not only my personal experience, but researching a little bit about what people go through in this time,” says Semonco.

The book is an interactive journal to help parents honor their children.

“There’s a certificate of life, a dedication page, when you’re ready to write a letter to your baby,” says Semonco.

Semonco says she included inspirational quotes and healing scriptures, pages of comfort for a pain that never truly goes away.

“If it happened to you over 30-some years ago or 50-some years ago or recently, it’s something that stays with you,” she says.

If you’d like to purchase Semonco’s book, here’s a link to her website.