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Looking at dying and death for what it is: a part of life.

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Loss of a Child

How we saved our marriage after our daughter was stillborn

Courtesy of the Washington Post | By Kelsey Francis | Photo by iStock | Originally Published 04.29.2019 | Posted 05.04.2019 In the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York, winters are long and dark. The thermometer outside my kitchen window often... Continue Reading →

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How a nontraditional funeral helped this mom process her daughter’s tragic death.

Courtesy of UpWorthy.com | By Evan Porter | Originally Published 10.16.2016 | Posted 02.25.2019 Lucia Maya remembers getting a phone call from her 21-year-old daughter, Elizabeth. She was in agony. A creative writing student at the University of Arizona, Elizabeth... Continue Reading →

The phone calls I made to my dead daughter

Courtesy of the BBC.com | By Georgina Rannard | Photo by Alison Rundle | Originally Published 09.02.2018 | Posted 01.19.2019 Nobody knows how they will react when a loved one dies - in the immediate aftermath or in the days,... Continue Reading →

Why I Don’t Say My Daughter ‘Passed Away’

Courtesy of ScaryMommy.com | By Caila Smith | Image by Getty | Posted 01.09.2019 Trigger warning: child loss  In my opinion, society as a whole is far too uncomfortable with using the word dead. As if it’s disrespectful to the non-living.... Continue Reading →

‘It’s not your fault.’ The extraordinary pain of an ordinary miscarriage.

The Washington Post.com| By Maggie O'Farrell | Originally Published 03.07.2018 | Posted 03.11.2018 This is another topic that I need to address more:  miscarriage. April 22 will mark 20 years since the worst day of my life.  I always prepared myself with... Continue Reading →

A Child’s Death Brings ‘Trauma That Doesn’t Go Away’

Courtesy The New Times.com | By Paula Span | Originally Published 09.29.2017 | Posted 02.02.2018 Anne McBrearty Giotta doesn’t remember much of what happened on that August morning in 2013. One moment she was cursing her older son, Michael, who... Continue Reading →

Will The Circle Be Unbroken?

Courtesy of TheAtlantic.com | Studs Terkel | Originally Published October 2001, Posted 12.25.2017 Interviews with a paramedic, a social worker, an undertaker, and a mother about their experiences with death and dying Will the circle be unbroken, By and by,... Continue Reading →

Road to Recovery

Courtesy of The New York Times | By James G. Robinson | Photo by Credit Eleni Kalorkoti | Originally Published 12.07.2017 | Posted 12.15.2017 In January, our son died at the age of 5, suddenly but not unexpectedly. He had... Continue Reading →

Having Time To Grieve Shouldn’t Be A Luxury

Courtesy of HuffPost | By Ann Brenoff | Originally Posted 11.15.2017 | Published 11.20.2017 Bereavement leave needs to be more than three days off. Lori McCoy was a supervisor overseeing 911 dispatchers in San Mateo County, California, back in 1991... Continue Reading →

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