I am deeply saddened by the sorrow which has just come to you; it is indeed a real trial for you...May Our Lord grant you resignation to His holy Will! Your dear little child is with God; he is looking down on you and loving you; and one day, you will posses him again. This is a great consolation that I have experienced myself, and which I still feel.When I had to close the eyes of my dear children and bury them, I felt deep sorrow, but I was always resigned to it. I did not regret the pains and the sorrows which I had endured for them. Many persons said to me: "It would have been better for you if you had never had them." I could not bear that kind of talk. I do not think that the sorrows and the troubles endured could possibly be compared with the eternal happiness of my children with God. Besides, they are not lost to me forever; life is short and filled with crosses, and we shall find them again in Heaven.
France, 1870. From a letter written by Bl. Zelie Martin, mother of St. Therese of Lisieux, to comfort her sister-in-law after she experienced the loss of a child at birth. Bl. Zelie Martin, and her husband Bl. Louis Martin, lost three children in the first year of life and another at age five.