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Bereaved Parents

After I Buried My Son, I Learned to Grieve With Hope

Melanie DeSimone | Posted 01.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Melanie DeSimone

Have you grieved the too-soon, unexpected, violent end of your hopes and dreams without a chance to say, "good-bye"? Do you stand over the patch of dirt that now covers the buried body of your son and wonder how this happened?

Not As Strong As I Look

Melanie DeSimone | Posted 12.28.2015 | Religion
Melanie DeSimone

But vulnerable and wounded, I remain until God calls me home.

The Best Christmas Gift for the Seriously Ill and the Grieving: Your Time While Being Fully Present

Dianne Gray | Posted 12.23.2015 | Impact
Dianne Gray

Please give the gift of your time to that very special person in your life and please be mindfully present while doing so. I promise you at some point down the road, you'll look back with an incredible feeling that you too, had your own Christmas miracle reveal itself-- in a most magical, unexpected way.

A Bereaved Mother On The Right To Die Bill

Aida Salazar | Posted 10.12.2015 | Politics
Aida Salazar

We took our baby girl home from the hospital soon after we took her off life support. We signed "Do Not Resuscitate" documents and we were assigned hospice care especially for children. It took 21 days. With each cavernous minute, I prayed for death to be swift.

4 Things To Say To Bereaved Parents

Today | Jade Walker | Posted 07.09.2015 | Parents

What do you say to a mom or dad who has suffered the ultimate heartbreak?  ...

Remembering Ryan Cruz Saldana

Sue Shanahan | Posted 05.05.2015 | Parents
Sue Shanahan

On May 2, 2014 Jacqui and Dan Saldana lost their 3-year-old son, Ryan. Although I never met him, a piece of my heart broke off when he died. I learned about Ryan, while he still graced the planet, from my niece Molly.

You're Still a Mother on Mother's Day if You've Had a Miscarriage

Robin Cassady | Posted 06.15.2015 | Parents
Robin Cassady

Recently, I was asked if it would be appropriate for a man to buy his wife a Mother's Day gift even after the loss of their unborn child.

How We're Celebrating Our Twins' Third Birthday When One of Our Birthday Boys Is No Longer Here

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 03.16.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

I own the heartache of Micah. I celebrate Micah, speak his name, and share his story in ways that bring me peace. I love that I can now confidently and calmly say: It is Micah and Zachary's birthday.

As We Heal Ourselves, May We Heal the World

Deb Carlin Polhill | Posted 02.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Deb Carlin Polhill

As a bereaved mother, I know first-hand the challenges faced particularly at this sacred time of year. My prayer for all is one of hope and healing.

Catherine Pearson

After Tragedy, One Mom's Mission To End Distracted Driving | Catherine Pearson | Posted 11.18.2014 | Parents

On a late afternoon in 2007, the day after Thanksgiving, Kimberly Schlau of O'Fallon, Illinois told her 8-year-old daughter Maddy to put on her coat s...

10 Ways to Comfort Your Holiday Grief Without Food

Paula Stephens, M.A. | Posted 01.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Paula Stephens, M.A.

Find gratitude. Even though it seems like the entire universe is happy, focus on the things in your life, not related to the holidays, you are grateful for. We can practice gratitude 365 days a year, don't get stuck in negative thinking that you might carry with you into the new year.

Catherine Pearson

The Unexpected Gift That Helped A Grieving Mother Face The World Again | Catherine Pearson | Posted 09.19.2014 | Parents

Abi Crouch with her husband, two sons and a hat in honor of Corbin. In the early morning hours of Jan. 19, 2011, Abigail Crouch woke her husban...

Catherine Pearson

Behind One Family's Extraordinary Commitment To Keep Their Daughter's Dream Alive | Catherine Pearson | Posted 09.02.2014 | Parents

Alex started with a simple stand. Her family has continued to honor her vision. While most kids her age were out playing or sitting in bustling...

Meet The Bereaved Parents Doing Amazing Things In The Face Of Unfathomable Loss

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 06.11.2014 | Impact

For parents, there is no greater fear than the death of a child. This devastating loss raises difficult questions about how to cope and how to pro...

One Cliche That Grieving Parents Really Don't Want To Hear

Heather Spohr | Posted 07.16.2014 | Parents
Heather Spohr

We grieving parents already know that we are a living, breathing representation of your worst nightmare. And as great as it is that you have some perspective, we don't need to be reminded that it's at our expense.

Journey to the Center of Your Grief

Deb Carlin Polhill | Posted 04.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Deb Carlin Polhill

We all experience loss. When faced with the loss of a loved one, we are faced with great challenge. The sheer shock and utter sadness we feel most cer...

Best Friends and the Lessons Learned

The Rev. Sue Wintz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
The Rev. Sue Wintz

As a bereaved parent -- for my own daughter and now for the daughter-of-my-heart -- I know and trust St. Augustine's words to be true. For you see, I have no doubt that Sarah was holding out her hand to meet Ashley on that path, and they are best friends together again.

How a Treadmill Helped me Cope With my Daughter's Diagnosis

Suzanne Leigh | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Leigh

My subconscious dictated that if I ran fast enough and far enough, maybe I would be strong enough to save her.

Weep With Those Who Weep... Please

Linda Robertson | Posted 10.07.2013 | Religion
Linda Robertson

Our oldest son had been gone for about seven months when someone at church pulled me aside and gently asked, "How are you feeling about Ryan?" I wept with gratitude and relief.

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."