In the two weeks this magazine has been live, it has been bittersweet to watch this dream unfold. The support in the comments for each writer has been a beautiful thing to witness. There is something to be said about the bond the loss of a child can bring, and the road of infertility as well. These experiences unite hearts in a way that almost nothing else can.
As readers and potential guest writers, you do have the right to know a few things, and I hope this makes you feel a little safer here, but also equally aware. When we publish your writing, we have now installed a feature on our website to protect your posts from being right clicked, copied and pasted, and so forth. On the other hand, we realize that once something is in cyber space, it is there… forever. The truth is, there is no safer way to protect yourself than to choose to not share at all, which honestly I have been tempted to do more times than I can count this past week.
However, sharing our experiences is what is breaking down the taboo. Opening our friends’ and families’ eyes to real issues, and your life as only you know it. Sharing unique perspectives on the loss of a child, practical tips to cope with a new loss, finding yourself in this messy world of grief, among many, many other things.
If you heard about Facebook banning the newborn’s pictures with birth defects, you know the community of bereaved parents is making strides in our society, as a news station in Arkansas used it as their lead story yesterday.
We hope you continue to share with us here, as we want to shine light on all aspects of child loss. We are not an advocate for a cause, our only hope is to give YOU – the mother, father, grandparent, friend, aunt, uncle, sister, brother – of a child who has passed away… a voice.
With love and light,