"I love you," I said, with tears streaming down my face. "I know you do," she whispered. I was 16 years old, and that was the last conversation I had with my mother. She died the next day, after...
It was an unseasonably freezing cold day, five days after Christmas, when our lives were changed forever. The unexpected happened, and we lost one of the few we love the most. The most wonderful time of year ended with...
Day in and day out, year after year, mothers give so much of themselves to everyone around them. The bulk of their days revolve around others, and they don’t usually ask for much in return — maybe just a...
Nearly three years ago, I received a call saying my very healthy 34-year-old sister was on the way to the hospital in cardiac arrest. My heart stopped momentarily. Hers never beat again. I got on the first plane home...
“Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.” –Albert Camus We all have certain family dynamics. Maybe your husband loves to kick off Memorial Day with hamburgers on the grill, or your middle child is carving...
My child likes to talk about death. Wait, that's not right. "Like" isn’t the correct word. She is interested in death — what happened, where they were when they died, where they are now, etc. It's not surprising she has...
As a new mom, I want to protect my little girl from all the hardships that may come in life. I logically know that I cannot do this, but the instinct to protect my child is strong. As a...
Dealing with a loss at any time of year is painful, but I have been told by friends and family that the holidays often highlight their grief for their loved one who has passed away. From the community sense...
Today, October 15th, is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, which includes, but is not limited to, honoring losses from miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, or the death of a newborn. The day is observed in the evening by a lighting...

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