The Puzzle of Grief - Explains how grief changes your life and creates a challenge in putting the pieces back together ... into a new puzzle
What is Really Wrong - Describes the emotions when people ask us "what's wrong" after the death of a child
Fathers Grieve too - Validates a father's grief, even though it may look different than a mother's
Shattered - A child's death shatters us, like the shards from broken glass
Surviving Time - Sometimes time goes slowly, sometimes it passes quickly... and sometimes, it's just about surviving each day
How to Say "No" to Holiday Season Event Invitations - Beautiful and practical article about self-care that can be related to any situation in which you want to decline an invitation to an event. A great reminder to be gentle and honest with ourselves.
Does it Ever Get Easier? - "Easier" is a tricky word. The death of a child is always going to be "hard". But, grief does change and evolve over time
Grief Lessons from my Barefoot Walkabout - Blog post from Dr. Joanne Cacciatore (founder of the MISS Foundation) about how her barefoot mountain hikes are similar to the journeys that we travel through our grief.
Alone and Not Alone - Blog post from one of our MISS Los Angleles bereaved mothers, with reflections after attending her first support group meeting
Coming Out of the Closet I and Coming Out of the Closet II - Two back-to-back articles about the clearing out of physical space with your child's old belongings -- and the emotions that surface as a result
A Beautiful Dance - Describes the ebb and flow of the emotions that grief includes -- and how those feelings "dance" with one another to create the choreography of healing
The Sisterhood of Solace - Shows the need to find others who have walked this path - for comfort, validation, support, and compassion
Let me Tell you Who I am Now - Poem about how grief has changed us as parents
Grief Has No Closure (Fortunately) - Demonstrates that it's possible to find comfort in the fact that grief will always be a part of our new normal; and for the bereaved to see the potential of grief as a companion rather than enemy
A Letter to People in Pain: The Early Days of Grief Are a World of Their Own - Shares a beautiful and realistic analogy of what it feels like when tragedy strikes you, and when the rest of the world seems to just continue
The 5 Stages of Grief and Other Lies that Don't Help Anyone - Explains the "real" intention behind Elisabeth Kubler Ross' stages of grief theory and validates the cyclical nature of the complex emotions of being a bereaved parent.
Solving the Problem of Grief: The Solution is not What you Think - The "solution" is to not think of grief as a "problem" in the first place
Talking to Kids about Death - 5 tips to keep in mind when talking with children about death based on how well the writers of Sesame Street handled Mr. Hooper's death on the show.
How to Talk to A Parent who has Lost a Child. From Someone who's Been There - Offers advice for family and friends in order to be more sensitive and understanding
Losing Maddie - A Year Later - A bereaved mother shares the emotions surrounding the one-year anniversary