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Child Loss

The Essential Unbearable Truth Of Child Loss

Melanie DeSimone | Posted 08.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Melanie DeSimone

All the fears I thought I knew All the what-ifs I pondered during inky nights- None of them-none. of. them. prepared me for this reality. I have th...

To My Son, On The Anniversary Of Your Death

Stacey Skrysak | Posted 08.18.2016 | Parents
Stacey Skrysak

While a little piece of my heart went to heaven along with you, I smile through the tears and heartache. You, my sweet son, brought me so much happiness in your short time here.

My Child Died In My Arms -- Why I'm At Peace Today

Stacey Skrysak | Posted 08.12.2016 | Parents
Stacey Skrysak

It's an unfathomable moment, a day that is etched into my heart and memory forever. On August 16, 2013, my husband and I made the hardest decision a parent could ever face -- we stopped critical care of our baby and held our precious son as he died in our arms.

The Phrase That’s Hurtful For Me To Hear As A Mom Who Lost A Child

The Mighty | Posted 07.26.2016 | Parents
The Mighty

Written by Dawn Williams Summer has arrived, and with it comes memories of summers past. Glorious ghosts of days gone by when my family was whole and...

The Awkward Moment That Reminded Me Grief Never Goes Away

Stacey Skrysak | Posted 07.22.2016 | Parents
Stacey Skrysak

Ask anyone who has lost a loved one -- grief creeps up at the most random times. It doesn't matter how many months or years it has been, all it takes is one second for those memories and heartache to rush back. For me, all it took was an awkward moment to remind me that grief never goes away.

I Am NOT Crazy!

Melanie DeSimone | Posted 07.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Melanie DeSimone

I am NOT crazy for missing my son. I am NOT crazy for wishing I could turn back the clock.

My Baby Wasn't Considered Viable -- Why Doctors Saved Her Life

Stacey Skrysak | Posted 07.11.2016 | Parents
Stacey Skrysak

Something just didn't feel right. My stomach churned and the nausea set in as I realized the unimaginable: I was going into labor. Nurses rushed to my hospital room as a flurry of chaos surrounded me. I tried to stay calm, but as I looked at my husband, the tears and sobs set in.

When A Birthday Brings Both Celebration And Grief

Stacey Skrysak | Posted 06.30.2016 | Parents
Stacey Skrysak

Stacey Skrysak It's a special day that only comes around once a year; a day filled with cake, presents and happiness. But, as I found out this year, ...

Two Words For Those Grieving In Orlando

Mark Myers | Posted 06.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Mark Myers

To the families and loved ones of those killed in Orlando... I'm sorry. I know that is an underwhelming response to the nightmare that started for yo...

To The Newly Bereaved Parent: You Are Not Alone

Stacey Skrysak | Posted 06.14.2016 | Parents
Stacey Skrysak

It's a club no one wants to join, yet so many people are part of. We are all brought together by one common event; one that many of us would consider to be the worst day of our lives. And while it may seem like your world is caving in, this club is living proof that you will survive.

How Babywearing in the NICU Changed My Life

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 06.06.2016 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

During the twin's hospitalization, my husband Noah and I received beautiful, generous gifts, one of which changed our family's life: the skill of babywearing.

Dear Daughter, Thank You For Needing Me

Stacey Skrysak | Posted 06.03.2016 | Parents
Stacey Skrysak

Stacey Skrysak It was the wee hours of the morning. My mind was racing as it normally does when I can't sleep. The night sky still visible; a sign th...

Bill of Rights for Grieving Mamas

Melanie DeSimone | Posted 05.24.2016 | Parents
Melanie DeSimone

Navigating the death of a child is a treacherous journey. I understand that those who have not travelled this path may not think about how hard it is and some of the little things that can make it easier or harder.

It's Complicated: Grieving a Child

Melanie DeSimone | Posted 05.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Melanie DeSimone

So much energy is used up negotiating what used to be simple things that there's not enough left for pursuing new interests or delving deeper into old ones.

'How Many Children Do You Have?' Why This Question Haunts Me

Stacey Skrysak | Posted 05.11.2016 | Parents
Stacey Skrysak

It's a simple conversation starter, especially when you see my toddler in tow. But, for parents with children here on earth and in heaven, it's complicated. It's taken me nearly three years to figure out how to answer that question.

A Mother's Day With Empty Arms

Stacey Skrysak | Posted 05.06.2016 | Parents
Stacey Skrysak

Mother's Day is supposed to be a happy occasion. But, when your arms are empty, whether it be from child loss, miscarriage or infertility, it can be tough. Instead of celebrating being a mother, you wonder, why me?

Real Perspective

David Bernstein | Posted 05.06.2016 | Healthy Living
David Bernstein

here is no playbook how to manage and cope with the loss. Just remember....whether you are part of the journey or watching from a far...parents think and remember everything. We are consumed by the past, present and future. The one thing that we need consistent is the reminder our children are not forgotten. "It takes a village."

To the Mothers Hurting On Mother's Day

Jessi Snapp | Posted 05.04.2016 | Parents
Jessi Snapp

Often we are acknowledged for mothering our living children and not for how we mother our children who have passed.

A Different Me: Two Years After Losing My Son

Melanie DeSimone | Posted 05.02.2016 | Religion
Melanie DeSimone

Burying my son has tenderized me.

Slow Fade: Losing Our Loved Ones a Piece at a Time

Melanie DeSimone | Posted 04.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Melanie DeSimone

There is no "pause" button that I can push to let me catch my breath and allow my heart to comprehend the reality my body and mind must embrace.

Time Does Not Heal All Wounds

Victoria Strong | Posted 04.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Victoria Strong

Time makes people stop asking and stop mentioning her name. It makes them shift in their feet and look away when I weave her into a conversation.

The Challenge of Naming My Premature Babies

Stacey Skrysak | Posted 04.21.2016 | Parents
Stacey Skrysak

It's not uncommon for parents to wait until they see their baby to choose the perfect name. It makes sense -- this is their identity; what they will be known as for their entire life. But that wasn't our case.

Grief and Bernie Sanders: A Personal Revelation About a Political Revolution

Beth Adamo | Posted 04.06.2016 | Politics
Beth Adamo

Anyone who has seen my Facebook feed over the last 9 or 10 months cannot escape my frequent and unabashed enthusiasm for Bernie Sanders as my candidate of choice for President of the United States.

From a Mother of Angels: Please Embrace Your Pregnancy Bump

Stacey Skrysak | Posted 04.04.2016 | Parents
Stacey Skrysak

Stacey Skrysak Pregnancy is no walk in the park. With a tiny human slowly growing inside of you for more than 9 months, you are bound to be uncomfort...

What It's Like Having a Baby After Losing One

Sheri Roaf | Posted 04.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Sheri Roaf

Having a baby after losing a baby is hard. I can't even begin to explain how complex the emotions are that are involved. Couple this with little to no sleep and it's a no-win situation.