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Losing a Child

The Words I Don't Like Hearing After My Daughter's Death

Sheila Quirke | Posted 06.08.2013 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

The words we use to talk about cancer, in children and adults, influence how we think about cancer and those unlucky enough to be touched by it. Survivors are called "victorious" and "winners." Those who have not survived their cancer are called "angels" and "in a better place.

Please Don't Hurry Them Along

Carissa K | Posted 05.05.2013 | Parents
Carissa K

For me, life is still forever defined by The Before and The After, as I suspect it may be for the grieving families in Connecticut.

The Only Way I Survived After Losing My Child

Jackie Moore | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Jackie Moore

The person we lose cannot become a taboo subject. Holding in our pain is also holding in our memories and ultimately the joy that person brought us.

Why We Are Going To Adopt

Posted 01.23.2013 | Parents

This is the third post of "30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days," a series designed to give a voice to people with widely varying experiences, including b...

What Our Family Photos No Longer Hide

Kathy Glow | Posted 12.31.2014 | Parents
Kathy Glow

I told the photographer about our situation. About missing someone from our family. She gave me an idea of how everyone could be in the picture together, even Joey and the new baby.

Searching For Answers After The Sandy Hook Tragedy

Sally Steenland | Posted 02.19.2013 | Religion
Sally Steenland

It feels wrong to speak of children in the past tense. Their lives are just unfolding, with so many years ahead. But the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut last Friday stopped short the lives of 20 young children, erasing their future, breaking the natural order of birth and death.

WATCH: Father Of Boy Fatally Shot In 1994 Still Waiting For 'Some Action'

Posted 12.17.2012 | HuffPost Live 321

As the tragic shooting in Newtown Friday has shifted national attention to the issue of gun control, the subject is nothing new for Charlie and Mary L...

Coping With A Child's Death, From Dr. Gail Saltz (WATCH)

Posted 08.15.2013 | MarloThomas

Dealing with the death of a child is at the top of the list of traumatic and stressful things a person can deal with. Psychiatrist Dr. Gail Saltz told...

Getting Through The Holidays After The Loss Of A Child, From Dr. Gail Saltz (WATCH)

Posted 08.15.2013 | MarloThomas

Holidays can be especially difficult for those who have lost a child. In order to keep your child's memory alive, psychiatrist Dr. Gail Saltz advised ...

'The Real L Word', Episode 3: Losing Charlie

Kacy Boccumini | Posted 09.26.2012 | Gay Voices
Kacy Boccumini

We belong to a group of people that no one wants to belong to -- the parents of lost children -- and we were going to be the voice for their story, regardless of how difficult.

How a Grieving Mom Accidentally Rediscovered 'Fun' | Posted 07.22.2012 | Parents

There's a point to having fun, which is that it should be part of the human experience. A big part. I'd just completely lost touch with that.

Being the Mother of a Child Who Died -- On Mother's Day

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 05.10.2014 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

I am the mother of a child who died. And that makes Mother's Day very hard. Other days of the year you can pretend that you are an ordinary person and that life is normal. But not on Mother's Day.

Still Talking After Seven Years

Liz Neumark | Posted 10.19.2011 | Parents
Liz Neumark

I have heard countless people say "I cannot even imagine going through losing a child" -- and all I can say is "Don't, you don't have to."

Grief And Renewal: One Mother's Story

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

Tom and Debbie had grieved their daughter's loss, of course. They had even tried to replace her--three times over. But the one thing they had never done was to celebrate her life.

Watch: Grieving U.S. Moms Find Solace In Africa

Idol Chatter | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Losing a parent is a life phase, something we're conditioned mentally and perhaps biologically to endure. Losing a child so reverses the pattern tha...

Joe Biden's Tears Ease a Father's Fears

Chris Blake | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Chris Blake

Watching a US senator and VP candidate reveal his fear before a national audience was quite a remarkable thing. In doing so, Biden provided some much-needed release for fathers.