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Loss of a Child

Grief and Faith

Pamela Brill | Posted 07.02.2014 | Parents
Pamela Brill

Whether it's God or Nature or a Spirit of the Universe -- it carries broken mothers and wraps them in an ethereal shawl. Like a mother wraps her children and keeps them warm.

We Will Never Forget

Lynn Morrison | Posted 07.01.2014 | 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.

Meet The Bereaved Parents Doing Amazing Things In The Face Of Unfathomable Loss

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 06.11.2014 | Impact

For parents, there is no greater fear than the death of a child. This devastating loss raises difficult questions about how to cope and how to pro...

Open Letter to the Class of 2014 From a Mom Whose Son Will Not Graduate

Gisela Voss | Posted 06.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Gisela Voss

Most of your high school friends are graduating, Luke, and it's not that I begrudge them their milestones. It's just that on top of missing you, I am missing yours. So by way of channeling my grief into something positive, I dare write a letter to your classmates finishing college.

The Climb Back Up

Carissa K | Posted 07.14.2014 | Parents
Carissa K

Physically, my body had the markings of a woman who had just gone through a pregnancy and delivery. These postpartum symptoms were both a cruel joke and treasured testament.

11 Things to Do This Mothers Day to 'Mother Yourself'

Gloria Horsley | Posted 07.09.2014 | Women
Gloria Horsley

I know for some of you Mother's Day will be difficult not just due to a death, but to other types of losses as well such as illness or divorce. For those who are feeling sad and confused I would like to share with you a few things I did that helped me through those early unhopeful Mother's Days.

What a Man Remembers

Evan F. Moore | Posted 07.08.2014 | Parents
Evan F. Moore

Pregnancy is a polarizing topic in my estimation. I say that because I'm one of the folks out there who would love to be a father. My firstborn child would've been due this month.

Miscarriage

Deborah Cruz | Posted 04.08.2014 | Parents
Deborah Cruz

I want to scream and yell and kick the world. The pain is so all-consuming that it swallows me whole. I am too weary to fight. I can't even cry.

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.

Finding Room For Joy When Everything Has Changed

Kathy Glow | Posted 02.19.2014 | Parents
Kathy Glow

Those of us who grieve deeply never get over it. We live our lives with it, we manage it. But during certain times of the year, the management is much harder. And the grief will swallow us if we're not careful.

An Instant Family Through Tragedy

Alissa Parker | Posted 12.23.2013 | Parents
Alissa Parker

On December 14, I sat in a firehouse surrounded by large group of concerned parents all wanting to know where our missing children were. I didn't know any of them. I didn't know that I would form a bond with this group of strangers that would forever connect us through tragedy.

One Breathtaking Moment On A Particularly Hard Day

Alissa Parker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Alissa Parker

I miss Em a lot lately. I miss everything about her sweet, beautiful face smiling up at me. There are days when my face, I am sure, looks a lot like Emilie's did the day we let her butterflies go.

7 Ways You Can Support Someone Who Has Lost a Baby

Candace Wohl | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Candace Wohl

If you know someone that has recently had a miscarriage or infant loss, we have compiled a list of ways you can support them during their struggle to right themselves in a world turned up-side-down.

5 Ways to Revolutionize How We Think About Pregnancy Loss

Jessica Zucker, Ph.D. | Posted 11.10.2013 | Parents
Jessica Zucker, Ph.D.

Here are five ways we can revolutionize how we think about pregnancy loss and its aftermath, whether it has happened to you or someone you love, with the aim of unraveling the thread of shame.

You Are Supermom and So Are You

Jessica Watson | Posted 10.31.2013 | Parents
Jessica Watson

No matter how elaborately your neighbor organized her daughter's lemonade stand, no matter how perfectly manicured your sister-in-law's nails are and no matter how many runny-nosed children your best friend manages to entertain in her minivan, there is no supermom.

How to Deal With the Death of a Child

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 09.14.2013 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Last night, we learned that despite the fact that an unarmed 17-year-old named Trayvon Martin was killed, his killer, George Zimmmerman is, at this po...

When Facebook Sucks

Sheila Quirke | Posted 07.20.2013 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

I want to share in your joy, I want to applaud all the new life and growing families and hope and love that these new babies will bring. I do. I really do. And most every day, I can. Today, I am struggling. I hate to admit that, but it's true.

Other Parents' Grief

Kate Blanchard | Posted 07.01.2013 | Parents
Kate Blanchard

Those of us with healthy children may, for a time, enjoy the luxury of remaining oblivious to their vulnerability and impermanence. But when a "close call" provides an unwelcome reality check, we can take some comfort in the fact that all parents are, really and truly, in this together

The Lessons We Learned From My Daughter's Unbearably Short Life

Parenting.com | Posted 06.29.2013 | Parents
Parenting.com

In the days left, we would live life in the way that Maddie loved. We would enjoy our time, and use our "forever" to miss her. She was here now and needed her little sisters, Amelia and Lucy, her family, her friends and lots of fun.

Finding a Way Out of the Darkness

Hahrie Han | Posted 06.19.2013 | Parents
Hahrie Han

As a parent, how can I go on after learning that my very best efforts are not enough to protect my children from the worst kind of harm?

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."

The Ricki Lake Show May Have Done More Harm Than Good for Grieving Parents

Jackie Moore | Posted 03.27.2013 | Parents
Jackie Moore

Grief is not linear. It whips you around and sometimes it corners you and forces you to sit down or lie down and let it wash over you. It comes with minefields that can take you from feeling functional to running to your car to sit and cry until the tears won't come anymore.

Lighting Their Way

Terry Marotta | Posted 02.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Terry Marotta

Death is not the story's title. And death is not the chapter's close. It's what is done in the face of death that makes the tale worth reading.

Celebrating Life in the Midst of Tragic, Violent Loss: A Creative Guide to Healing

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 02.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

How do you celebrate the holidays in the wake of a national tragedy? How do you find life in the midst of carnage too horrible to imagine? Here's what you need to know, from the perspective of a parent who has lost their child from a catastrophic act of violence.