52 episodes

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 of every month. Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss a single episode!

Cradled in Hope | Gospel-Focused Podcast for Grieving Moms Ashley Opliger of Bridget's Cradles

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 197 Ratings

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 of every month. Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss a single episode!

    49 | We Shall All Be Changed | Whitney Pipkin

    49 | We Shall All Be Changed | Whitney Pipkin

    Join us for a hope-filled conversation with Whitney Pipkin, author of We Shall All Be Changed. Whitney wrote the book after experiencing the loss of two babies to miscarriage and her mom after a twenty-year battle with cancer. She reminds us that God changes us through grief, often in unexpected and beautiful ways.
    In this episode, we discussed:
    Holding joy and sorrow togetherHaving a timid hope through pregnancyCoping with anticipatory grief and facing grief head-onDeveloping a "theology of death" using the metanarrative of ScriptureThe difference between redemption and consummationWhen will our hearts be healed?1 Corinthians 15 and the ResurrectionSharing in the sufferings of ChristHow to feel the Lord's presenceThe story of Elijah and why eating and sleeping is importantWhy sanctification is more important than trying to perform or be productiveSitting in the hard parts so we can stay soft and allow God to mold us Receiving Christ's care Taking care of living children after pregnancy lossStewarding your sadness in your kids' lives EPISODE SHOW NOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT:www.bridgetscradles.com/post/episode49
    CRADLED IN HOPE PODCAST WEBSITE:Sign up here to receive email updates and hope-filled resourceswww.bridgetscradles.com/podcast
    CRADLED IN HOPE FACEBOOK COMMUNITY FOR GRIEVING MOMS:www.facebook.com/groups/cradledinhope
    FOLLOW BRIDGET'S CRADLESwww.facebook.com/bridgetscradleswww.instagram.com/bridgetscradleswww.pinterest.com/bridgetscradles
    CONNECT WITH THE HOST | ASHLEY OPLIGERwww.ashleyopliger.comwww.facebook.com/ashleyopligerwww.instagram.com/ashleyopliger
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    • 41 min
    48 | My Baby Died When I Got COVID | Mattie Steinhilpert

    48 | My Baby Died When I Got COVID | Mattie Steinhilpert

    Join us for a hope-filled conversation with Mattie Steinhilpert, who lost her daughter, Sloane, after getting sick with COVID in her pregnancy. Mattie shares the story of how God saved her when she was on the brink of death herself. Sadly, her daughter died after delivery. Mattie and her husband relied on their faith in God to get them through the devastating, traumatic experience they faced so early in their marriage. With their hope in Heaven, they found renewed joy and purpose as God continued to grow their family.

    In this episode, we discussed:
    COVID and its impact on pregnancy and placentasWhat it was like being on the news right after their daughter's deathBeing surrounded by Christ-like love in the hospitalAsking the Lord to provide the strength to get through each momentChoosing to rely on their faith in the midst of deep griefJesus is the only solution to our problemNavigating the loss of a baby in the first year of marriageGrowing love and respect for our spouse through griefHow grief changed when they had another little girlRainbow babies are not replacement babiesGiving grace and forgiveness to people who say the wrong thingBreaking free from victim mentalityWhy she loves Romans 8:28 and Numbers 6:24-26Looking forward to Jesus' returnEPISODE SHOW NOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT:www.bridgetscradles.com/post/episode48
    CRADLED IN HOPE PODCAST WEBSITE:Sign up here to receive email updates and hope-filled resourceswww.bridgetscradles.com/podcast
    CRADLED IN HOPE FACEBOOK COMMUNITY FOR GRIEVING MOMS:www.facebook.com/groups/cradledinhope
    FOLLOW BRIDGET'S CRADLESwww.facebook.com/bridgetscradleswww.instagram.com/bridgetscradleswww.pinterest.com/bridgetscradles
    CONNECT WITH THE HOST | ASHLEY OPLIGERwww.ashleyopliger.comwww.facebook.com/ashleyopligerwww.instagram.com/ashleyopliger
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    • 59 min
    47 | Finding Your Way Through Grief | Kathryn Johnson

    47 | Finding Your Way Through Grief | Kathryn Johnson

    Join us for a hope-filled conversation with Kathryn Johnson, grieving mom and founder of Hannah's Hope. After experiencing multiple losses, Kathryn chose to believe that one day, she would have a reason to celebrate. She trusted that God would grow her family in His timing. Kathryn shares how she found her way through grief and started a ministry to comfort others in the same way the Lord comforted her.

    In this episode, we discussed:
    How Hannah's Hope startedHaving faith for the future, even after multiple lossesThe power of worship in griefInfertility and waiting seasonsTaking our thoughts captiveLoss not becoming a part of our identityParenting after lossSanctification and becoming more like ChristEPISODE SHOW NOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT:www.bridgetscradles.com/post/episode47
    CRADLED IN HOPE PODCAST WEBSITE:Sign up here to receive email updates and hope-filled resourceswww.bridgetscradles.com/podcast
    CRADLED IN HOPE FACEBOOK COMMUNITY FOR GRIEVING MOMS:www.facebook.com/groups/cradledinhope
    FOLLOW BRIDGET'S CRADLESwww.facebook.com/bridgetscradleswww.instagram.com/bridgetscradleswww.pinterest.com/bridgetscradles
    CONNECT WITH THE HOST | ASHLEY OPLIGERwww.ashleyopliger.comwww.facebook.com/ashleyopligerwww.instagram.com/ashleyopliger
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    • 38 min
    46 | I Used to Be Pregnant | Chuck and Ashley Elliott

    46 | I Used to Be Pregnant | Chuck and Ashley Elliott

    Join us for a hope-filled conversation with Chuck and Ashley Elliott about navigating the relational aspects of loss. Drawing from their own loss experience and their background as counselors, Chuck and Ashley share helpful advice on how to face the complexities of grief. 

    After experiencing recurrent miscarriage, Chuck and Ashley felt called to write a book called I Used to Be which provides biblical and mental health techniques to develop healthy ways to see yourself, your life, and your loved ones. We discuss these techniques and the intricacies of handling the hurt others may cause us in grief. You will be blessed and encouraged by the practical wisdom they share!

    In this episode, we discussed:
    Keeping our faith intact when we feel distant from GodPraising God in the midst of the painNeutralizing emotional triggers in griefGiving grace to those who have hurt usThe ways that grief lies to usHow to help people help usThe importance of communicating our needsGrieving in marriage from the father's perspectiveComparison and why it is destructiveWhy they wrote the book, I Used to BeEPISODE SHOW NOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT:www.bridgetscradles.com/post/episode46
    CRADLED IN HOPE PODCAST WEBSITE:Sign up here to receive email updates and hope-filled resourceswww.bridgetscradles.com/podcast
    CRADLED IN HOPE FACEBOOK COMMUNITY FOR GRIEVING MOMS:www.facebook.com/groups/cradledinhope
    FOLLOW BRIDGET'S CRADLESwww.facebook.com/bridgetscradleswww.instagram.com/bridgetscradleswww.pinterest.com/bridgetscradles
    CONNECT WITH THE HOST | ASHLEY OPLIGERwww.ashleyopliger.comwww.facebook.com/ashleyopligerwww.instagram.com/ashleyopliger
    #cradledinhope #cradledinhopepodcast #bridgetscradles


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    • 51 min
    45 | Miscarried Hope | Rachel Lohman

    45 | Miscarried Hope | Rachel Lohman

    Join us for a hope-filled conversation with Rachel Lohman, founder of Hope Again Collective and the author of Miscarried Hope. After losing her first baby to miscarriage, Rachel felt that the rug had been pulled out from underneath her and her faith. Over time, God led her to recover her faith and hope in Him by trusting in His goodness despite her circumstances.

    In this episode, we discussed:
    Struggling with your faith after lossReconciling His goodness during difficult timesThe Five Stages of Hope from her bookHow Jesus modeled how to grieve during His time on earthWhy Rachel wrote Miscarried HopeAll about Rachel's jewelry line for bereaved moms, Hope Again CollectiveThe role of empathy in supporting a friend or family member who lost a babyFinding purpose in pain (and having a posture of open-handedness)Encouragement for moms fresh in griefEPISODE SHOW NOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT:www.bridgetscradles.com/post/episode45
    CRADLED IN HOPE PODCAST WEBSITE:Sign up here to receive email updates and hope-filled resourceswww.bridgetscradles.com/podcast
    CRADLED IN HOPE FACEBOOK COMMUNITY FOR GRIEVING MOMS:www.facebook.com/groups/cradledinhope
    FOLLOW BRIDGET'S CRADLESwww.facebook.com/bridgetscradleswww.instagram.com/bridgetscradleswww.pinterest.com/bridgetscradles
    CONNECT WITH THE HOST | ASHLEY OPLIGERwww.ashleyopliger.comwww.facebook.com/ashleyopligerwww.instagram.com/ashleyopliger
    #cradledinhope #cradledinhopepodcast #bridgetscradles


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    • 43 min
    44 | Finding Faith to Face Infertility & Miscarriage | Abigail Sikma

    44 | Finding Faith to Face Infertility & Miscarriage | Abigail Sikma

    Join us for a hope-filled conversation with Abigail Sikma, bereaved mom and founder of the ministry Something to Hold. After experiencing two early miscarriages, Abigail was confronted with the choice to either run from or turn to the faith she was raised with. For the first time in her life, she turned to her faith as her own and clung to the promises of God to get her through several years of infertility and miscarriage.

    In this episode, we discussed:
    Clinging to the faith you were brought up inTrusting God over GooglePerspective to get through dark seasonsGrowing the Kingdom through vulnerabilityReframing the "Why Me?" questionWhat is our number one mission as believers?The story of Something to Hold (How it started and what they do)How to get involved with their ministryA special Christmas giveaway for our listeners!EPISODE SHOW NOTES & FULL TRANSCRIPT:www.bridgetscradles.com/post/episode44
    CRADLED IN HOPE PODCAST WEBSITE:Sign up here to receive email updates and hope-filled resourceswww.bridgetscradles.com/podcast
    CRADLED IN HOPE FACEBOOK COMMUNITY FOR GRIEVING MOMS:www.facebook.com/groups/cradledinhope
    FOLLOW BRIDGET'S CRADLESwww.facebook.com/bridgetscradleswww.instagram.com/bridgetscradleswww.pinterest.com/bridgetscradles
    CONNECT WITH THE HOST | ASHLEY OPLIGERwww.ashleyopliger.comwww.facebook.com/ashleyopligerwww.instagram.com/ashleyopliger
    #cradledinhope #cradledinhopepodcast #bridgetscradles


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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
197 Ratings

197 Ratings

AJK10202018 ,

A Beautiful Resource for Grieving Moms

This podcast helped me feel not as alone in my grieving process. I always feel encouraged after listening to an episode with more hope for the good that the Lord still has for my life. Thank you Ashley and BC!

Jess Canseco ,

Amazing ministry

This podcast does such an amazing job ministering to women who have tragically lost a baby. I lost my third son at 19 weeks in August of 2023 and this ministry has helped me learn to cope with my grief and with my relationship with The Lord. Ashley highlights so many unspoken aspects of grief and pregnancy/ infant loss, all while pointing women back to Jesus, who brings us comfort and hope. I could not be more thankful to Ashley and this ministry for helping out women who have gone through this difficult and traumatic journey.

tmgsrg ,

Insightful and helpful

Wonderful biblical support for infant loss for parents and grandparents from people that have been through it. Helpful and hopeful to listen to all the episodes and walk through the difficult grief process.

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