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Words that Heal: Journaling your way through healing and hope

By Patti Budnik | February 29, 2024

By: Rose Carlson People often feel intimidated by the thought of journaling because they think they are not good writers. Perhaps they have bad memories of papers and English classes with red pen marks pointing out every mistake. But journaling is not about “good” writing. Or grammar. Or punctuation. Or spelling. Or any of that. Simply put, it’s about putting the thoughts in your head onto paper. Doing so helps you process and make some sense of them. In short, you are doing it for you,…

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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…

A Brother to Remember

By Patti Budnik | January 30, 2023

By: Amy Lied Raising little, living siblings of an older brother who isn’t here is complicated. We have always been very open with our girls…

Remembering Carson

By Patti Budnik | January 25, 2023

By: Amanda Crews In March of 2017, at 37 weeks pregnant, I heard the crushing words, “Amanda, I am so sorry, but there’s no heartbeat,”…