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Losing a Child

The Phone Call That Changed My Life

Ken Solin | Posted 08.17.2015 | Fifty
Ken Solin

Shock It was 14 years ago this October when I received the phone call that's every parent's worst nightmare. My ex-wife called to tell me our 29-ye...

A Bereaved Mother's Journey To Peace

Stacey Thayer | Posted 08.17.2015 | Parents
Stacey Thayer

I met and said goodbye to my first-born children on the very same day. After five months of carrying my identical twin daughters, Lucy and Polly, I...

How I'm Remembering Joe Biden's Kindness -- And Returning It

Mandy Hitchcock | Posted 06.08.2015 | Parents
Mandy Hitchcock

Joe Biden sent us a note five years ago when he heard about my daughter's death, even though he certainly had an infinite number of other things to do. As a bereaved parent and spouse, he understood that he could help change the sensation of the pain simply by bearing witness to it.

9 Ways To Cope After A Miscarriage Or Stillbirth

Dr. Margaret Rutherford | Posted 05.10.2015 | Fifty
Dr. Margaret Rutherford

If you are not trying to have a baby, then you may never know you miscarry. Yet many couples are proactively trying to become pregnant. They may be in denial about how many miscarriages actually occur.

Life After Losing a Child

Lori Lee | Posted 06.28.2015 | Impact
Lori Lee

I enjoy most everyday. I don't get overly concerned with the petty stuff nor do I get tripped up by the negativity in the world. It all has little meaning to me. I only look for good. Its all I have room for. But this is my life, a life without one of my children.

Happy Birthday, Jack! Anna Whiston-Donaldson On Losing a Child

Melanie Bishop | Posted 05.18.2015 | Books
Melanie Bishop

Today Jack would've turned 16. Had he not been swept up by a flooding creek in a friend's backyard in September of 2011, Jack would be with his mom and dad, sister and cousins and friends tonight, celebrating his sweet 16.

He Is My Son -- Not My 'Baby'

Jennifer Ross | Posted 12.30.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Ross

If I knew someone who had suffered the loss of their teenage child, I would never say, "I'm sorry for the loss of your teenager." What a terrible thing to say, right? I, in no way, want to sound like I did not appreciate the love that other people gave me, but I do want to educate on the respectful way to speak to a parent after they suffer the loss of a very young child.

What Not To Say To A Parent Who Has Lost A Child

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 09.30.2014 | Parents

Losing a child is unspeakably painful, so finding the right words to say to those grieving can be difficult. Two parents who have both lost a chil...

My Son Died So I Could Live -- But His Legacy Continues To Bloom

Jennifer Ross | Posted 10.25.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Ross

Deep down in the depths of my soul, I knew that his purpose in life is being fulfilled. This isn't a fact that is easily accepted. My soul knows something that my earthly body continually fights.

The Hard Truth About Staying Married After Losing A Child

Heather Spohr | Posted 09.22.2014 | Parents
Heather Spohr

It's no secret that many marriages fall apart after the death of a child. I completely understand why.

The One Question I Wish I'd Asked My Children's Babysitter Before It Was Too Late

Sonya Barge | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
Sonya Barge

June 4, 1998 began as a routine day. I kissed three-year-old Markie and my five-year-old daughter Jennifer goodbye as I took my two older girls to school. A day that began so normally ended with heartbreak and pain that I still can't begin to explain.

Embracing the Pain of Losing a Child

Christa Black | Posted 07.07.2014 | Religion
Christa Black

I turn to face the truth -- that my baby girl is gone and it hurts like hell rolled over on me. I open my empty arms, throwing them around the pain, embracing the suffering, and scream out, "I don't want to be numb -- I want to FEEL EVERYTHING."

Israelis And Palestinians Unite Through The Pain Of Losing A Child

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 04.30.2014 | World

An Israeli mother and a Palestinian father who both lost their child to the Arab-Israeli conflict sat down for a HuffPost Live interview to discuss th...

What Brings Me Peace After The Loss Of My Baby

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 05.03.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

I am blessed for the richness that Micah has forever added to my life. Giving back to other families is one of the best ways for me to stay close to Micah.

Mom Explains Why She Chose To Mourn The Loss Of Her Son On Facebook

Posted 02.26.2014 | Parents

In 2007, Sandra Homer's baby Jayce was stillborn. She decided to post the pictures she had of him on Facebook for her family and friends to see. A...

6 Surprising Realizations A Year After The Death Of My Daughter

Suzanne Leigh | Posted 03.31.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Leigh

If losing a beloved child is a reminder that we live in a brutal world, the outpouring of goodwill is another reminder that kind people live among us.

7 Mistakes People Make When A Friend's Child Dies

Suzanne Leigh | Posted 02.17.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Leigh

A therapist or psychiatrist may or may not be helpful to a bereaved parent. But a friend who can listen generously and non-judgmentally, recognizing that there is no "fix" for this tragedy, will probably be greatly valued.

A Different Kind of Merry: What Sheer Happiness Looks Like

Lori Lee | Posted 02.05.2014 | Impact
Lori Lee

I can honestly say I did not plan any of what happened next. It just happened. Rather than break the news to my three young children that we would be heading back to the hospital for another battle, the only words I could form were, "Let's start Christmas right now."

An Unwanted Expertise: Tips to Help Parents Survive Pregnancy After Perinatal Loss

Carissa K | Posted 11.08.2013 | Parents
Carissa K

I wish I didn't have this expertise. Oh, so many times I've made this wish. Yet it's mine and it's one that I'm glad to use if doing so can help someone be better able to provide a bit of a peace to parents at a time when their world is falling apart. So I sat on this panel sharing my experience and owning my expertise.

I Am Strong

Jessica Nelles | Posted 11.23.2013 | Parents
Jessica Nelles

I am strong because even though I only parent one child, I am a mother of three. I am strong because I have carried three children full term but two already reside in Heaven. I am strong because I chose to cling onto hope and faith when everything else was against us.

He Rests Under a Shady Tree

Heather Spohr | Posted 11.20.2013 | Parents
Heather Spohr

As we walked the rows of markers searching for Tommy's, I was struck by how close together the graves were. And then I started looking, and I realized we were in the children's section. They don't need much room.

The Last Days With My Beautiful Daughter

Suzanne Leigh | Posted 08.28.2013 | Parents
Suzanne Leigh

I had told you this every day of your life, and I had to say it again, right at that moment: "Natasha, I love you so, so much. Love you so much. Always."

He's a Good Dad

Carissa K | Posted 08.14.2013 | Parents
Carissa K

He treats them well. He treats me well. He treats his friends and parents well. He treats the earth well and treats people well. He's a good person. And he's a good dad.

Gold in the Dark: Having Children After Infant Loss

MotherWoman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
MotherWoman

By Carol McMurrich My children were conceived in my mind long before they ever existed in cellular form. As a child and teen, surrounded by siblings,...

What I Learned About Motherhood After Losing My Son

Kathy Glow | Posted 07.10.2013 | Parents
Kathy Glow

We're not promised tomorrow or next year or even 20 years from now with our children. We're only promised this moment.