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Losing a Child

How I Learned To Live Again After The Death Of My 23-Year-Old Son

Dianette Wells | Posted 08.02.2016 | Fifty
Dianette Wells

My deceased son Johnny sends so many signs to me that I am so grateful for and I appreciate and acknowledge them. He is still a part of me and a part of my world. I just don't see him. I AM the mother of a son. When people ask how many kids I have, I answer, 'three.'

I Didn't Recognize My Daughter's Best Friends

Mark Myers | Posted 06.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Mark Myers

My mind reeled and my feet were frozen to the promenade beneath me because I had no idea who she was. I should have known her instantly. She was one of Kylie's classmates and a friend since the first grade. Still, her name escaped me -- a fact that rocked me to my core.

Becoming Who I Really Am

Kathy Sebright | Posted 05.27.2016 | Parents
Kathy Sebright

After I lost my two babies in pregnancy, things started to change. It's not that I was better or worse than who I was before; I was just different. I had to start all over, rebuilding this person I only had a vague recollection of.

Things are not always what they seem. Entry 5

Chery Hayes | Posted 05.25.2016 | Impact
Chery Hayes

Continued from ... Entry 3 A, is tiny, pretty. What to make of her? I have heard such awful things. She is possessed of the devil from "up countr...

Josh makes Thailand his home. Entry 3

Chery Hayes | Posted 05.24.2016 | Impact
Chery Hayes

Continued from JOSH MAKES THAILAND HIS HOME In 2002 Josh met a b...

Josh makes Thailand his home. Entry 3

Chery Hayes | Posted 05.24.2016 | Impact
Chery Hayes

In 2002 Josh met a beautiful Thai woman named Chalomejit Looktarn Junkate. Tall, 5'9" with dimples and a sweet voice that spoke very little English, Josh was smitten.

Josh begins his musical odyssey. Entry 2

Chery Hayes | Posted 05.19.2016 | Impact
Chery Hayes

Continued from Entry 1 He started SF State and finished one seme...

#TalkToMe: Losing a Child and Meeting God

Allison Hudson | Posted 04.20.2016 | Parents
Allison Hudson

As much as our family talks about my brother, Will, who died four years ago from a drug overdose, it dawned on me that I have never asked my parents simple questions, like "what's the hardest thing about losing a child?"

11 Life Lessons From a Grieving Mother

Julie Garner | Posted 04.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Julie Garner

While my heart remains broken, I want to share what I've learned from the front lines of the greatest battle of my life. These lessons haven't healed me completely, but they have helped. And I hope they help other people who, God forbid, have to fight through tragic loss.

To The Child Who Gets My Little Brother's Heart

Jason Longhurst | Posted 03.14.2016 | Parents
Jason Longhurst

On March 2, 2016, my 11-year-old brother was hit by a truck while crossing the street. We asked about the possibility of donating part of him to help others. Its what he would have wanted. And if you are the lucky child who gets his heart, you should know what you can expect.

Telling The Truth About My Daughter's Death Brought Me Back To Life

Katherine Hill | Posted 02.23.2016 | Parents
Katherine Hill

What I only realize now, as I type these words, is that the last sounds my baby heard as she gracefully and bravely exited this world were of her mama's wild laughter. My last gift to her. To hear my laughter again is to begin living again.

When Your Child's Life Has An Early Expiration Date

Katie Corkern | Posted 01.08.2016 | Parents
Katie Corkern

Four children have died in the past month. Not just any four children, but four children that have the same rare disorder as my son. And that scares me. Our children's lives have an early expiration date.

What Grieving Parents Want Others To Know

Melanie DeSimone | Posted 12.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Melanie DeSimone

Life around us doesn't stop. We are doing all the things others do, but we are doing them with an added weight of sorrow and pain that makes each step feel like wading through quicksand. We want you to know we are doing the best we can.

What I Know About Christmas After Losing My Daughter To Childhood Cancer

Mark Myers | Posted 12.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Myers

Christmas is like a tumbler full of mirth at its finest. When family and friends come home to celebrate the cheer of the season, you drink to your heart's content and are filled by its warming sway. When you are hurting, the tumbler has a jagged edge.

You Will Always Be A Mom

Sara Lindberg | Posted 11.19.2015 | Parents
Sara Lindberg

I've watched you continue on. You teach other peoples children. I watch you treat them with a unique kindness, only known to moms who have lost a child. Someone once said that being a mom is loving your children more than you've ever loved yourself. You are a true testament to that love.

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.

Wake-Up Call For Mom Of Four Who Says She Doesn't Want To Be A Mom Anymore

Dr. Phil Show | Rochelle Nelson | Posted 09.30.2015 | Dr. Phil

Heather, a mom of four, lost her mother and oldest daughter within months of each other. She has been so devastated that she admits she has "checked o...

The Phone Call That Changed My Life

Ken Solin | Posted 08.17.2016 | 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-year-...

A Bereaved Mother's Journey To Peace

Stacey Thayer | Posted 08.17.2016 | 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 un...

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

Mandy Hitchcock | Posted 06.04.2016 | 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 05.10.2016 | 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...