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Child Death

We're Living Every Parent's Worst Nightmare. Here's What You Can Do To Help.

Carrie Carroll | Posted 11.22.2014 | Parents
Carrie Carroll

When we laid our 2-year-old daughter Savannah down to sleep on April 3, it was a seemingly normal night for a seemingly normal child. But when we looked in her crib the next morning to wake Savannah for breakfast, we discovered every parent's worst nightmare.

2 Charged In 8-Year-Old Boy's Death To Appear In Court

AP | Posted 09.04.2014 | Crime

DETROIT (AP) -- A man and teenager are scheduled to return to court in the death of an 8-year-old boy who was shot while sleeping inside his Detroit h...

Letter To My Daughter On The 10th Anniversary Of Her Passing

Sukey Forbes | Posted 10.19.2014 | Parents
Sukey Forbes

Charlotte, two of the most profound life experiences for me were the day you came into the world as my daughter and the day you left the world as my daughter.

Grief Is Not Broken

Elea Acheson | Posted 10.18.2014 | Parents
Elea Acheson

Grief is not broken, and it doesn't need fixing. Maybe that's why people are so scared of grief, because the word "broken" is used so often. Broken is a horrible thing. Broken is something that may mend, but will never heal. Broken will always leave scars to remind us of the pain.

The Hard Truth About Staying Married After Losing A Child

Heather Spohr | Posted 09.22.2014 | Parents
Heather Spohr

It's no secret that many marriages fall apart after the death of a child. I completely understand why.

The Paths to My Heart

Sabina Khan-Ibarra | Posted 09.15.2014 | Parents
Sabina Khan-Ibarra

Losing a child is like losing a limb that only the parents of the dead child can see missing. It is a limb that you must learn to function without.

We Will Never Forget

Lynn Morrison | Posted 08.31.2014 | Parents
Lynn Morrison

I look back on that week through a haze of grief, but my sister's quote stands out in my head. "I'm afraid that people will forget her." What she doesn't seem to understand is that we can never forget little Kenzie, because we see and hear her every day in my sister.

The Tragic Case of Omaree Varela

Barbara Alvarez | Posted 08.27.2014 | Crime
Barbara Alvarez

Omaree Varela was a 9-year-old boy living in abusive conditions in his mother's and stepfather's home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We know he died of blunt-force trauma after being kicked to death by his mother, Synthia Varela-Casaus. Let me repeat those words: Kicked. To. Death.

The Day She Let Her Son Wait in the Car

Lenore Skenazy | Posted 08.09.2014 | Parents
Lenore Skenazy

If we judge parents for putting their kids at very low risk, we could jail them for serving solid food (the child could choke!) letting them walk down stairs (the child could fall!) or permitting them to join a sport (concussions!).

Who Needs to Learn the Lessons Of Grief?

Megan Devine | Posted 07.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

There might be lessons here, about trusting your own heart, leaning into the places you are deeply broken. There might be places to explore, ways to find out if any of your deep self remains, given what you have endured. So learn, yes. Study your own heart, yes.

Girl Killed By 5-Year-Old Looking For His Toy Gun

Newser | Posted 05.10.2014 | Crime

A 7-year-old girl was killed at a birthday party in South Carolina Saturday night after a 5-year-old boy accidentally fired a gun while looking for hi...

Have You Heard You're Not Alone in Your Grief? It Isn't Really True

Megan Devine | Posted 04.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

You alone carry the knowledge of how your grief lives in you. You alone know all the filaments of life and of love that fly through you. You alone know how deeply your life is now changed. You alone have to face this, inside your own heart.

Good News: Vaccines Are Conquering The World

Bill Gates | Posted 03.23.2014 | World
Bill Gates

Extreme poverty has dropped by half since 1990. In that same time, the number of children who die each year has plummeted more than 40 percent.

Providing Care to Bereaved Parents During Infant and Child Death Awareness Month

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

We all have the opportunity during October and November to provide much-needed care to bereaved parents and family members. Being aware of the potential impact of "forever grief" is the first important step.

The Funding is Commendable: But What About Coordination? Working Together to Save Children's Lives

Yehuda Benguigui | Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact
Yehuda Benguigui

The three primary killers of children under 5 years of age -- pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria -- are both preventable and treatable with simple and cost-effective interventions. Efforts to end these preventable child deaths will only be successful when integrated packages of interventions are available to the population most at risk.

We Can Do Better

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Every three days guns kill more than 20 children and teens, enough to fill a school classroom. We have likely had the equivalent of 67 Newtowns in the numbers of child deaths since December 14.

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.

What A Valentine's Day Tragedy Taught Our Family About Love

Carissa K | Posted 04.09.2013 | Parents
Carissa K

Valentine's Day is a tricky holiday for my husband and me. Seven year's ago, in 2006, Valentine's Day stopped being Valentine's Day and started being simply "the day."

We Cannot Stop Until Children Stop Dying From Gun Violence

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Although the U.S. accounts for less than 5 percent of the global population, Americans own an estimated 35 to 50 percent of all civilian-owned guns in the world. We can free our nation of this scourge of gun violence.

The Massive Human and Moral Cost of Gun Violence

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The heartrending massacre of 20 6- and 7-year-old children and six educators in Newtown, Conn., has galvanized public attention once again after a mass shooting. But the killing of children by gun violence is not new. In 2013, as we prepare to celebrate Martin Luther King's birthday and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the dream of our gun-slain prophet of nonviolence, let us truly hear and follow rather than just celebrate him. Now is the time to free ourselves from the plague of gun violence which has taken over 1.3 million American lives since Dr. King and Robert Kennedy's assassinations in 1968. This is twice the loss of life than all American battle casualties in all the major wars we have fought since our nation began.

Prosecutor: Dad Killed 2-Year-Old Over Toilet Training

AP | Posted 09.20.2012 | Detroit

DETROIT -- A Detroit man was so obsessed over toilet training that he fatally beat his 2-year-old daughter for having an accident, a prosecutor said W...

Reaching A Child's Fifth Birthday Shouldn't Be A Luxury

Nicole Melancon | Posted 11.04.2012 | Impact
Nicole Melancon

Today was an emotional day. One that every American mother envisions in her head on the day her child is born: My daughter's first day of kindergarten.

Pregnant Professor Hit By Car, Child Dies Next Day

The Huffington Post | Gregory Kristof | Posted 06.23.2012 | College

Jennifer Young, a Rice University Math professor and pregnant mother, was hit and killed by a car as she crossed the street on Tuesday. Her baby, who ...

Sharon Hinojosa Sentenced: Michigan Mother Convicted Of Killing Kids Gets Life

AP | By ED WHITE | Posted 12.01.2011 | Detroit

DETROIT -- Calling it a "horrendous" crime, a judge sentenced a Detroit-area mother to life in prison Wednesday for setting a fire that trapped and ki...

Grieving Mother Faces 36 Months In Jail For Jaywalking After Son Is Killed By Hit-And-Run Driver

Radley Balko | Posted 09.20.2011 | Crime
Radley Balko

We need to start holding prosecutors accountable for bringing unjust charges like those just brought against an Atlanta mother -- even if they may technically be legally permissible.