• Am I Stuck?

    August 31, 2017

    Anyone who has ever lost someone they cared about can talk about grief. The characteristics of it are so common that it doesn’t matter if it was a parent or child, let alone sibling, friend, or extended family member. We can all relate to each other on some level because of that common bond, but…

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  • A Woman Shaped By Grief

    August 31, 2017

    There she is. Do you see her? She seems familiar yet you struggle to recognize her. Her cheeks are red and stained from tears, her body worn and scarred. She stares back at you, the sparkle drains from her eyes as she silently pleads for you to acknowledge her motherhood. She is jaded. She has…

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  • What You Do with Your Breast Milk is Your Choice

    August 31, 2017

    I chewed at the corner of my lip and waited for her response. There was a faint tingling sensation in my chest as my body prepared to sustain the new life it had birthed only three days before. Except there would be no sustaining the precious life that was already gone. My body did not…

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  • How I Replied After Being Told I Was Strong

    August 30, 2017

    “You’re so strong. I don’t know how I would still be standing after all that loss.” Most times, I don’t know how I am either, which makes this statement extremely hard to respond. Yet, the loss mom that I am has to advocate for my children that have gone too soon. So, I shared our…

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  • The Tides of Grief

    August 30, 2017

    People tend to describe grief as coming in waves. It ebbs and flows, coming and going on the moon’s call both graceful and violent. The tide comes in, bringing with it signs of things that have come and gone – only shells of themselves – and then makes its way back out to a place…

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  • Signs from Beyond are Felt Within

    August 29, 2017

    Some signs are neither seen or read, but felt. In 2002 as I was leaving my grandfather’s hospital room, something inside me screamed, “Go back!  Tell him all that you need to say.”  I stopped mid-step, turned around, and sprinted down the hall back towards his room.  I grabbed and hugged him. We bawled as…

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  • Fighting for Joy After Losing a Child

    August 29, 2017

    Losing a child is like no other loss.  The pain doesn’t get better with time, the void never goes away- but there will be a day where your heart will start to feel joy again.  At first, you will feel guilty, and that’s okay. It’s been two years and eight months since we lost our…

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