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The Loss of a Child

How I Kept Going After Losing Both My Children

Posted 08.17.2015 | Fifty

This piece is by Jamie Simmer, 56. My name is Jamie Simmer and I am 56-years-old. I was raised in a chaotic, unpredictable family environment bet...

Why Back-To-School Season Is So Painful For Me

Suzanne Leigh | Posted 10.05.2013 | Parents
Suzanne Leigh

"Back-to-School Specials!!!" scream the store placards. They are a reminder that now might be the time to get a discounted backpack for my younger daughter, but more potently, they nudge me back to my default: The bereaved mom aching for the child who will always be dead.

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.

They Didn’t Have Her Chance

Jane Roper | Posted 02.20.2013 | Parents
Jane Roper

You know the world is topsy-turvy when, on a Monday morning, you find it more heart-wrenching to send your child off to kindergarten than to bring her twin sister to a pediatric cancer clinic for chemotherapy.