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Being Part of the Club

By Patti Budnik | May 24, 2023

By: Amanda Crews When I was in labor with our son, Carson, at 37 weeks, I had a dear friend visit me. She, too, had experienced the loss of a child. She stood alongside my bed, as my body prepared for a long labor, and she apologized. She said, “I am so sorry, Amanda. This is a club that no one should ever have to join.”Her analogy has echoed throughout my body, along with the words of many others who have also tragically and unexpectedly lost…

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I Wanted to Say Thank You, but I Couldn’t: A Letter to MY Parents

By Patti Budnik | May 18, 2023

By: Julz Richterman Saying “thank you” used to be easy. You always supported me, even if you didn’t agree with me. You let me make…

Sad Moments During Special Days

By Patti Budnik | May 9, 2023

By: Marie Kriedman I find myself in a new place of my grief journey:  regret, with a side helping of disappointment and sorrow. I am…

The Seasons of Grief

By Patti Budnik | May 3, 2023

By: Robyn Busekrus Spring is a time of new beginnings. Seeing the flowers bloom at this time of year brings joy.The anticipation of the colors…

To the Nurse That Held My Stillborn Baby

By Patti Budnik | May 3, 2023

The nurse that held my baby, also held my broken heart.


By Patti Budnik | April 24, 2023

By: Lindsey Dell I have a confession. I’m an addict. Reality tv. You name it…I probably watch it. The trashier the better. I’m sure there’s…

Receive the Healing

By Patti Budnik | April 24, 2023

By: Justine Froelker Trauma can stay stuck, living in us for long past the harm. Our body remembers, trauma gets stuck in our tissues, our…

The Emotions & Experiences of Bereaved Parents

By Patti Budnik | March 15, 2023

Grief can steal everything you thought you knew. But grief can also be a teacher.

The Resentment in Grief

By Patti Budnik | February 27, 2023

By: Amy Lied  It’s been 6 years since our firstborn, our son, was stillborn, after struggling with infertility and suffering a miscarriage previously. Since then…

What Grieving Parents Wish Everyone Else Knew

By Patti Budnik | February 27, 2023

By: Michelle L. Cramer I’ve been doing bereavement photography for 15 years, working specifically with families who have medically fragile children or who lose a…

Get Your (Toxic) Positivity Out Of Here

By Patti Budnik | February 16, 2023

By: Lindsey Dell Ok, ok, ok. I know that sounds rude, but just hear me out, ok? We all have that one friend, coworker, family…