• 6 Secular Children’s Books on Death

    May 28, 2018

    When our son, James, was diagnosed in utero with a rare chromosomal condition, we struggled to explain this to our two older children. We didn’t know if James would live to be born. If he did, we had no idea how much time our family would have with him. It could have been minutes or…

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    Books About Stillbirth That Saved Me

    May 1, 2018

    I’ve always been an avid reader. After my daughter was stillborn, though, I couldn’t read. It took a long time to pick up a book or get online and read about babyloss. A friend of mine, a fellow bookworm, checked out all the books about stillbirth she could find. She encouraged me to read them,…

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  • Boxing Day and Compartmentalization

    December 26, 2017

    I call the year after my son, Zachary, died in my arms at birth my “Year of Distraction.” In that time, I could not confront the grief and pain that gnawed at me like a persistent cold. It never went away, however, I found that I could side-step it through activity. I did this intentionally:…

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    Vulnerability is Bravery

    August 2, 2017

    Vulnerability and bravery. Two words that I wouldn’t easily put into one sentence. Grieving the death of my daughter and the subsequent years of healing have taught me both. I’m practicing being vulnerable and brave by sharing some personal insights from behind the scenes of the latest project I’ve been working for on the past…

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  • Joy? at the end of the Rainbow

    July 24, 2017

    I’m always conscious of writing on Still Standing Magazine about my children who came afterwards. Of my rainbow babies. About half of women who have a stillbirth go on to have another child. But of course, not everyone does. And Still Standing is for all of us who are grieving a child, whether the child…

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  • Navigating the Unknown: Loving Again After Loss

    March 9, 2017

    I’ve always been interested in the stories of inspiration after loss. The stories of resilience, and hope, and healing. Grief is heavy, and after experiencing the loss of our own daughter at 20 weeks I longed for someone to support me in lifting the heaviness. I needed to hear the stories of other women who…

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  • What Saves You

    September 5, 2016

    I always thought that if I worked hard enough and had a solid plan in life, everything would work out. Life was something to be managed and arranged. I believe that if I wanted something badly enough, I could make it happen. Life didn’t work out that way. I couldn’t save my fiancé and my…

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