How to Cope with the Unexpected Death of a Child

By: John O’Brien The heartbreak that accompanies the loss of a child is unmatched and deeply rooted, but when the child dies due to someone else’s negligence, the impact on the family can be devastating. While it may seem impossible to recover from such a tragic event, it can bring comfort to know that you…

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Suggestions for a Well Deserved Mother’s Day and Father’s Day

By: Cathi Lammert Often times Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are two of the most difficult days for bereavedparents. Some have told me that these days are so painful that they are not able to even acknowledge itfor their own mom or dad, and they celebrate with their parents on a different day. Over the…

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That Pearl of Great Price

By: Elise Donovan The following is an exert from Elise Donovan’s new book The Pearl of Great Price: A Year of Birth, Death, and Awakening. This book shares the story of the loss of her daughter Carly, and the journal entries of the year following her loss. Twenty-one years ago today, I birthed my lifeless…

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The Unfairness of It All: Infertility after Loss

By: Lindsey Dell Warning: what you’re about to read is very raw, real and new. Does anyone else think “Advanced Maternal Age” is the biggest farce on the planet? I mean, it’s not a farce because it’s very real, but WHY? Let me back up a little. In the spirit of transparency, I have to…

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Woven Together by Dreams that Never Could Be

By: Amanda Crews I’ve mulled around a number of things that I could say or write to offer words of encouragement, and every time I thought I had something, it failed me. I had no words. There was a block. As I reflected in that space and tried to move the heavy load, it just…

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Saying Goodbye to Olivia

A Story of Loss and Hope By: Marie Kriedman I suffered a miscarriage unexpectedly at 14 weeks. My husband and I were at a complete loss. Setting aside my personal pain, the single hardest thing I had to do was tell our children about the miscarriage. I fumbled my words and halted and tried again,…

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Ava’s Love

By: Ashley Loehr We had a very normal, uneventful pregnancy until we found out at 20 weeks that our baby girl was not growing in the way that most babies do. We were devastated as the doctors seemed very worried and we went through a series of MFM (maternal fetal medicine) specialist appointments with two…

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