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Losing a Child

My Son Died So I Could Live -- But His Legacy Continues To Bloom

Jennifer Ross | Posted 08.25.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Ross

Deep down in the depths of my soul, I knew that his purpose in life is being fulfilled. This isn't a fact that is easily accepted. My soul knows something that my earthly body continually fights.

The Hard Truth About Staying Married After Losing A Child

Heather Spohr | Posted 07.23.2014 | Parents
Heather Spohr

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

The One Question I Wish I'd Asked My Children's Babysitter Before It Was Too Late

Sonya Barge | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
Sonya Barge

June 4, 1998 began as a routine day. I kissed three-year-old Markie and my five-year-old daughter Jennifer goodbye as I took my two older girls to school. A day that began so normally ended with heartbreak and pain that I still can't begin to explain.

Embracing the Pain of Losing a Child

Christa Black | Posted 07.07.2014 | Religion
Christa Black

I turn to face the truth -- that my baby girl is gone and it hurts like hell rolled over on me. I open my empty arms, throwing them around the pain, embracing the suffering, and scream out, "I don't want to be numb -- I want to FEEL EVERYTHING."

Israelis And Palestinians Unite Through The Pain Of Losing A Child

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 04.30.2014 | World

An Israeli mother and a Palestinian father who both lost their child to the Arab-Israeli conflict sat down for a HuffPost Live interview to discuss th...

What Brings Me Peace After The Loss Of My Baby

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 05.03.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

I am blessed for the richness that Micah has forever added to my life. Giving back to other families is one of the best ways for me to stay close to Micah.

Mom Explains Why She Chose To Mourn The Loss Of Her Son On Facebook

Posted 02.26.2014 | Parents

In 2007, Sandra Homer's baby Jayce was stillborn. She decided to post the pictures she had of him on Facebook for her family and friends to see. A...

6 Surprising Realizations A Year After The Death Of My Daughter

Suzanne Leigh | Posted 03.31.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Leigh

If losing a beloved child is a reminder that we live in a brutal world, the outpouring of goodwill is another reminder that kind people live among us.

7 Mistakes People Make When A Friend's Child Dies

Suzanne Leigh | Posted 02.17.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Leigh

A therapist or psychiatrist may or may not be helpful to a bereaved parent. But a friend who can listen generously and non-judgmentally, recognizing that there is no "fix" for this tragedy, will probably be greatly valued.

A Different Kind of Merry: What Sheer Happiness Looks Like

Lori Lee | Posted 02.05.2014 | Impact
Lori Lee

I can honestly say I did not plan any of what happened next. It just happened. Rather than break the news to my three young children that we would be heading back to the hospital for another battle, the only words I could form were, "Let's start Christmas right now."

An Unwanted Expertise: Tips to Help Parents Survive Pregnancy After Perinatal Loss

Carissa K | Posted 11.08.2013 | Parents
Carissa K

I wish I didn't have this expertise. Oh, so many times I've made this wish. Yet it's mine and it's one that I'm glad to use if doing so can help someone be better able to provide a bit of a peace to parents at a time when their world is falling apart. So I sat on this panel sharing my experience and owning my expertise.

I Am Strong

Jessica Nelles | Posted 11.23.2013 | Parents
Jessica Nelles

I am strong because even though I only parent one child, I am a mother of three. I am strong because I have carried three children full term but two already reside in Heaven. I am strong because I chose to cling onto hope and faith when everything else was against us.

He Rests Under a Shady Tree

Heather Spohr | Posted 11.20.2013 | Parents
Heather Spohr

As we walked the rows of markers searching for Tommy's, I was struck by how close together the graves were. And then I started looking, and I realized we were in the children's section. They don't need much room.

The Last Days With My Beautiful Daughter

Suzanne Leigh | Posted 08.28.2013 | Parents
Suzanne Leigh

I had told you this every day of your life, and I had to say it again, right at that moment: "Natasha, I love you so, so much. Love you so much. Always."

He's a Good Dad

Carissa K | Posted 08.14.2013 | Parents
Carissa K

He treats them well. He treats me well. He treats his friends and parents well. He treats the earth well and treats people well. He's a good person. And he's a good dad.

Gold in the Dark: Having Children After Infant Loss

MotherWoman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
MotherWoman

By Carol McMurrich My children were conceived in my mind long before they ever existed in cellular form. As a child and teen, surrounded by siblings,...

What I Learned About Motherhood After Losing My Son

Kathy Glow | Posted 07.10.2013 | Parents
Kathy Glow

We're not promised tomorrow or next year or even 20 years from now with our children. We're only promised this moment.

Mothers Speaking the Truth Is a Revolutionary Act

MotherWoman | Posted 07.10.2013 | Impact
MotherWoman

2013-04-23-theraiseforwomenchallenge300x60.jpgI did not feel like a normal mother. I was happy with Liam but I was incredibly lonely. I could share that there had been a baby before Liam, but not in any mother's group or playtime was there the space for me to truly tell my story.

Lisa Belkin

Grieving Mom Makes Beautiful Request In Son's Honor

HuffingtonPost.com | Lisa Belkin | Posted 04.15.2013 | Parents

Kate Leong’s virtual circle is mourning with her today, as she prepares to bury her 5-year-old son. Leong has documented Gavin's life and battle wit...

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 06.07.2014 | 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.