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rom childhood, Becky Nordquist lived a life that revolved around music and ministry. She began traveling and singing with her father at age three, started writing music at age 11, and currently travels throughout her home state of Michigan, speaking and leading worship. However, with the release of a poignant new project in conjunction with an organization called Music for the Soul, Becky's sphere of influence is growing as her territory keeps expanding. In October 2019, Becky released a devotional, Before We Said Hello, in addition to two songs: "Before We Said Hello" and "Heaven's Playground." The release coincided with National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, which includes, but is not limited to, miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, and the death of a newborn. The book and the songs are an extension of Becky's journey towards healing. She lost her father when she was young, and her first marriage ended in divorce. Following a season of single motherhood, Becky remarried, and soon after, became pregnant. Only three months into the pregnancy, however, she lost the baby. Despite their sorrow, she and her husband continued to try, and before long, Becky was pregnant again. Isabella Grace was born with no complications. Given how well her pregnancy experience had gone that time, Becky and her husband tried again. After two more miscarriages, they finally got pregnant with Niklas. They were overjoyed. At six months, their joy was shattered. Niklas was stillborn. On her blog, Becky shared what the experience was like for her. "It was like being shredded in a way I'd never been ripped apart before. It was like torture. Being forced to participate in confirming a life ended that you wanted to continue. Pain. Physical, emotional, and spiritual pain and confusion. I wanted no drugs. I wanted to feel every ounce of physical pain. I needed something to push against in the middle of my emotional pain." As she and her husband coped with their grief, God continued to open doors and opportunities for Becky in the realm of music and worship, one of which led her to Steve Siler, founder and executive director of Music for the Soul. A Dove-award winning songwriter, Siler has been creating music and other creative resources to help those coping with several issues from suicide to eating disorders to natural disasters. With a new project in the works, oriented around miscarriage and infancy loss, Steve knew that Becky would be the voice for this message. They recorded two songs and released them with Becky's devotional. While Becky feels the pain of her many losses every day, she is also grateful for her family and for the opportunity to help others walk through a seemingly impossible journey. "People often don't know how to comfort friends or family members who are going through the loss of an infant or pregnancy," says Nordquist. "Some people think if you never saw your baby, there is no need to talk about your loss. You might not even feel you have the right to grieve. I'm here to assure you—your baby's life matters. And you are not alone."

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