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Child Loss

Your Life Is the Lab: Toxic Chemicals in 5 Unexpected Places

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 04.14.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

When your child has a chronic health condition that threatens his life and well-being, you gain a sharp perspective on what's important in life.

If It Isn't Meant to 'Cure' Grief, What Good Is Therapy?

Megan Devine | Posted 04.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

A good therapist is a wonderful thing: They know that there is nothing about you that's wrong. They know their role is to listen and validate, to come up alongside you and provide support.

A Letter to People in Pain: The Early Days of Grief Are a World of Their Own

Megan Devine | Posted 03.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

If you're here, in the early days, and the universe has just split open and everything has changed, I'm sorry you're here. Others have come before you, but that doesn't really matter now.

Grief and Healing: Will I Ever Recover?

Megan Devine | Posted 02.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

For me, any outside source or force asking me when I'll get better is going to be met with irritation. But if I do the asking, if I wonder -- myself -- what healing or recovery might look like, then it becomes a very different question.

9 Things Not To Say To A Bereaved Parent

Suzanne Leigh | Posted 02.21.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Leigh

You know better than to say something like, "He/she is in a better place" or "You're lucky you have other children," don't you? Here's a list of other well-meaning blunders reported by bereaved parents that have made us squirm.

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.

What I Know About Fatherhood After Losing A Child

Mike Spohr | Posted 08.14.2013 | Parents
Mike Spohr

In parenting there is no clear victory, but as long as you're fully invested in your children and trying your best, you will be at peace with yourself no matter how long -- or short -- your children are in this world.

Don't be afraid to ask the hard questions

Catriona Harris | Posted 08.14.2012 | Parents
Catriona Harris

A stillbirth is defined as a loss of pregnancy after 20 weeks. It was something I didn't realize happened with modern medicine.