We are so honored and even excited (although we know that evokes some weird feelings in all of us on a site about grief) to announce the launch of a much-anticipated part of our site called Ask Away – an anonymous submission form for questions about grief open to readers’ suggestions and thoughts.
Ask Away will be an interactive part of Still Standing Magazine designed to allow you to send in stories and questions about grief/loss/infertility/death/etc. anonymously to us, and to have our readers respond to them (think the style of Dear Therapist and Miss Manners).
Submissions that are chosen for publication will run like any current article on here: published on our site and social media but without names.
Due to the anonymity of this submission form – even to our editors – no one but the author will know who sent the story/question in.
While we proudly publish many subjects about child loss and infertility with author’s names attached, we also realize there are parts of these journeys you may want help with but would rather not publicize (ex: Your best friend ghosted you after your baby died, your father doesn’t understand why you can’t “just adopt”, etc).
We hope that by allowing this part of Still Standing to publish anonymously, we will be able to dive into topics that are still considered taboo or quickly silenced within our community.
Including anonymous publishing, one additional change for this will be allowing friends/family/those who work in a loss setting, but may not have a personal loss, to write in as well. We hope this will allow those who want to help grieving parents to receive open and honest feedback from our readers.
Interested in submitting?
‘Ask Away’ is for informational purposes only, does not constitute medical advice, and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician, mental-health professional, or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. By submitting a letter, you are agreeing to let Still Standing Magazine use it—in part or in full—and we may edit it for length, grammar, and/or clarity.
Diana is owner and editor-in-chief of Still Standing Magazine and blogs her own life story at Diana Wrote. She and her military retired husband have two girls and three sons who passed away after birth; Preston and Julian, identical twin boys who were born at 20 weeks, and Kaden, who unexpectedly had cardiomyopathy due to a rare virus called ciHHV-6. He died in her arms at 3 weeks old.
In 2014 she traveled with World Vision to learn about maternal health and infant mortality in Zimbabwe, and later with them to Ecuador. She is working on a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. You can also find her work on Babble, Liberating Working Moms, She Reads Truth, The New York Times, and The Huffington Post.