• Empty Arms, Cradled Siblings: chalk drawing of siblings

    Empty Arms, Cradled Siblings

    June 8, 2018

    When my son died from SIDS, these empty arms cradled three shattered, confused, and heartbroken siblings. Their eyes, hearts, and words questioned “Why? Why Cullin? Why us? Why? Why? Why?” I didn’t have the answers to “Why?” But I was certainly determined to find out “What now?” As a teacher and mama, nurturing answers and…

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    Grief Minds Think Alike

    May 12, 2018

    Grief minds think alike; broken hearts seldom differ. We miss our children and want them to be remembered, honored, and included. We want to hear, read, photograph, color, spy, write, and say our children’s names. We want to be viewed as parents even when our children can’t be seen. We want to find the beauty…

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  • 5 Steps To Revive A Life of Grief

    April 18, 2018

    There is a fine line between living and living life, just ask any grieving parent. Living a life of grief can mean barely going through the daily motions, with little care or regard for food, sleep, entertainment, or conversation. You are numb. You ache. You do not find pleasure in that which once brought excitement because…

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    Men Too, Men Grieve Too

    March 14, 2018

    Men too. Men grieve too. They need to grieve, to feel, to rise again after enduring life’s biggest heartbreak. Men need supportive tribes full of understanding dudes who “get it”, just as a grieving mother needs her bereaved besties. What can society do to encourage supportive communities for grieving men? What can we as women…

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  • We parted after our child died

    ‘Til Death Do We Part – And Then We Did

    February 10, 2018

    “’Til death do we part”, and then we did. Our fairy tale beginning of marriage turned into an unhappily-ever-after when the prince in our story died. You never expect the vows to break nor imagine that the “for worse” would ever be that bad. You say your vows and especially embrace the love-filled promises to…

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  • jump into a brand new year

    Brand New Year, One Word: Plan

    January 18, 2018

    It’s a brand-new year, and many people are choosing their “One Word” to focus on throughout the next 365 days, meanwhile, others are trying to avoid one word, grief. We know grief cannot be ignored so we plan for the pain despite the despair. We live one step, one day, one word at a time.…

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  • Self-Care: Planning for the Holiday Blues

    December 13, 2017

    The holiday celebrations are just around the corner, stalking the bereaved parent like a grinchy thief in the night.  But we will not be unprepared.  We will not be blindsided by grief this time. We will arm ourselves with healing, self-care strategies and have a plan in place for the joy-stealing thief that is grief. …

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