The hospital where I delivered my stillborn son, Lennon, has a beautiful little angel garden on its campus. A sweet, peaceful place tucked in between the wing of the hospital where you enter to deliver your baby and the doors you use to leave the hospital, fresh new baby in hand. It's a tranquil place, covered in greenery and dotted with comfy benches to sit and listen to the water feature while gazing at the wall of plaques. Each plaque holds a baby's name, a baby who passed away and who ... Read More about Holding Onto The View: When Your Rainbow Baby Gets Sick
Ask Still Standing
“Suffering makes us more like Jesus,” is what they said. The Catholic end game. Be. Like. Jesus. Face the challenge you have been given in this life like Jesus did as He climbed Golgotha to His death to fulfill His prophecy. Climb your own Golgotha. When you fall, get back up as He did. Comfort your mother while she watches you suffer. Tell the women who weep around you; you are okay. Be. Like. Jesus. Because if you are, you get to go to heaven. Where your son, who was taken from you at five ... Read More about Lent’s New Meaning
It was a summer morning in Michigan. The phone rang. The caller told Cheryl that it was an emergency.
“It was 8:08 am,” she says quietly, her voice breaking. “I'll never forget.”
We're talking about the events leading up to the death of Julie, her 27-year-old daughter.
“I hadn't slept well that night, not sure why. Just an uneasy feeling all night long,” Cheryl explains. “Yet when the phone rang, I knew right away. I felt it.”
She became hysterical, started screaming, and was so ... Read More about
Losing Your Child To Domestic Violence: The Grief Which Follows Intimate Partner Homicide
To not have been able to protect our child is a horror homicide loss parents must learn to live with every day
by Margaret Kramar
For those who have lost a child, Easter is the shining beacon of resurrection and eternal life. The promise of being together again someday. The love that never dies.
But what about Lent?
The trees are bare, and a cold wind rattles through the dry branches, day after day. The soft white snow that blanketed the season of Christmas has given way to patches of dirty snow, exposing the sere and lifeless ground.
The evenings are getting lighter, but the nights are still dark and ... Read More about
What About Lent: How This Season Is Different After Your Child Dies
We thought we would be over his death by now, but we are not
by Swagata Majumdar
Just one and half months have passed that I dressed up my boys, one day after the other, for their funeral and their father buried them as I writhed in postpartum sepsis pain in the hospital.
I gave birth to naturally conceived twin boys, (after two miscarriages in the past) who came out after an emergency c section because my cord prolapsed out of nowhere. Our 26 weekers were perfectly matured, (a headful of hair, tiny nails on long fingers, dimpled cheek like their ... Read More about
This Is What Grief Does To A Mother
Grief doesn't always bring classic signs of mourning
My only son Isaiah gained his wings on April 26, 2019, after he lost a long battle with depression.
I know how shocking it is to hear he chose to take his own life, and the stigma behind the word suicide is haunting, especially when I see a healthy, handsome, brilliant, smiling 19-year-old young man every time I think of him.
I am his mother.
I raised him on my own since he was born. I was just 18.
Isaiah was all I knew; he was my world. I was a mother longer than I wasn’t, and he was all I ... Read More about
Depression Took My Child, Not Suicide
Maybe he wasn’t the broken one, maybe it's us
This is an ongoing series detailing life in Europe under lockdown from our writer Katja Faber whose son Alex was brutally murdered. Day 1-3 can be found here.
Days 4 & 5
The reality of what's happened is beginning to sink in.
The European Parliament will close the EU Schengen border on Tuesday at midnight. At that point, 700 million people will be living in quarantine. In most countries, the military has been mobilized. Public life has shut down and it's anyone's guess how long ... Read More about
Grief Under Lockdown: Letters Of A Loss Mom From Europe
For those suffering from PSTD, recent events have triggered panic attacks