When I first came up with the idea for the “Ask Me” series of products, I was tentative. I know many bereaved parents are afraid to share their child with strangers, worried that they will make others uncomfortable talking about their loss. I am hoping not only to encourage people to ask, but also to embolden loss parents to talk about their child. Here are a few suggestions to ask, and a few to stay away from.Read More
Under normal circumstances, men are difficult to buy gifts for. Add grief to the mix and it’s downright impossible. These sympathy gifts are a thoughtful way to let an grieving man know that their pain isn’t forgotten.Read More
No, I don’t mean the people who live next door or your kids’ friends’ parents. By “Community”, I mean others who can understand what you are going through because they have gone through or are going through the same thing.Read More
June is PTSD Awareness Month. While it is commonly associated with veterans who have seen active combat, PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) can affect anyone.
Combat, traumatic child loss (including stillbirth and pregnancy loss), witnessing or being involved in a fatal accident, sexual abuse, and many other events can cause PTSD.Read More
A Release can be an incredibly healing part of the grief journey. We are releasing a gift to our loved one, but it can also be a way to release some of the pain of the loss. Here are a few ideas to help you plan your release ceremony.Read More
Birthdays and Death Anniversaries can be difficult to endure while grieving. Doing something special on those days can help in many ways. For me, the days leading to a milestone day are actually more anxiety and depression filled than the actual day itself. I find that planning something special helps distract me and alleviate some of the emotions during that time. Here are some ideas, both large and small scale, that might help you.Read More
Pregnancy After Loss, or PAL, is a rollercoaster. Pregnancy alone causes a flush of hormones and irrational emotions (anyone else cry at random VISA commercials?), but pregnancy after loss adds the complexity of grief, fear, and guilt into the mix.Read More