I’ve had more than one conversation lately about finding joy amidst the waves of grief that come throughout the holiday season. Experiencing a first Christmas or Thanksgiving without a child we have loved was, for me, beyond difficult. I didn’t want to open presents or...Read More..
Tonight is the worldwide candle lighting ceremony hosted by Compassionate Friends. In my nose-to-the-ground accomplish-goals-mode, I hadn’t realized this date was so fast approaching until it was here. I have been busy making candles as gifts for many people, known and unknown, and made the...Read More..
On April 10, 2000, I experienced my first loss. My son, Reiley, stopped breathing in the night and went onto the great beyond. It was October 2001 when I learned I was expecting my rainbow baby. I was filled with so many questions about raising...Read More..
It’s been around 18 years since I first read the book Love You Forever by Robert Munsch. My sister came across it and sent a copy to everyone in the family because the story warms the heart and leaves a lasting impression. While the story is a...Read More..
I have heard from many friends and family members of grieving parents who have asked what they can do to help someone they care about work through their grief. The following list of ideas are a good place to start. Allow a grieving parent talk...Read More..
“Even when the jury and the judge Say you’ve got a reason to hold a grudge. It’s the whisper in your ear Saying set it free. Forgiveness.” ~Matthew West, Forgiveness When my son died, guilt played a large part in my inability to release my pain...Read More..
Today is National Grief Awareness Day and I’ve thought long and hard about what I would want people to know about the grieving process after losing a child. As I’ve considered the words I would place into a permanent record on the Internet, I have...Read More..
With every grieving parent I meet, I ask if there is something I can do to honor their child. I ask that question because I know how difficult it is to lose a child and for people to continue living their lives when it seems...Read More..
It is always a bit surreal when you see your name on a book, but for me, this is more than surreal. It is the reality that I have not only given birth to a little person, but I said goodbye to him, too. I...Read More..
Many parents believe that they are destined to spend their entire lives engulfed in a world of pain after losing their child. When the realization sets in that they experienced a positive and happy moment; guilt does more than creep in, it takes hold and...Read More..