When Grief Turns into Depression

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We kind of expect a level of depression when we lose our children. We would feel wrong about bouncing back into normal life without heart-wrenching grief or those lifeless, empty moments. Still, you don’t want your grief-related depression to sink too far.

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A Veteran’s Grief

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Tomorrow is Veteran’s Day. On this important day, we will honor those who have given up much to serve our country. We will honor the sacrifices that have only deepened each veteran’s grief.

They have seen the horrors of combat, risked themselves to find crucial knowledge for our country, and trained hard to prepare for the enemy. Needless to say, these veterans deserve our utmost respect.

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The Five Stages of Grief and Living Through Them

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After I went to my one-week and six-weeks checkups after labor, I reflected on how much my midwife stressed my emotions. Even when I checked in, the automated tablet Jenny’s clinic provided would always pry into the stages of grief I was currently confronting.

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Your Baby’s Funeral: How to Plan

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You just experienced one of the worst events in your life: losing your baby. You honestly can’t think how things could get any worse. Then, the doctor starts talking about your baby’s funeral, and your stomach sinks.

The mere thought of picking up the phone and explaining your situation to a dozen strangers sends hot tears to your eyes and a tremor in your voice.

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Preventing SIDS

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SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, is every mother’s worst enemy. We all want to protect our babies as much as possible, and we hate situations in which doctors tell us “there’s nothing we can do.”

Our hearts scream, “Yes, there is!”

And moms of SIDS victims may wrestle even more than most. Since doctors usually dub a situation SIDS after ruling out other underlying causes, these mothers are left without answers.

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Care Package Campaign

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First of all, thank all of you who prayed and lit candles on Saturday for Infant Loss Awareness Day. When I heard about the Wave of Light, I pictured our children looking down on the dark world but smiling at thousands of tiny twinkles appearing across it. Thank you for honoring those children.

Care Package

But Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month isn’t over! Angels’ Mommies would like to present our new Care Package Campaign.

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Miscarriages Happen

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Many of you can’t identify with my story. My baby Hadassah had a rare condition called ectopia cordis that only affects 5-8 babies out of 1 million. Still, many of you have experienced your own deep grief, some losing your babies to miscarriage.

Don’t undervalue the grief accompanying a miscarriage. No matter how early you lose your baby, you will still grieve.

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Taking Care of Yourself

 

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Taking care of yourself

People say this phrase a lot when you lose a child. Unfortunately, it’s a little vague for all the truth it holds. Are there steps you should follow for taking care of yourself? When will you know that you completed the process?

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Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

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October is pregnancy and infant loss awareness month. When President Ronald Reagan pronounced this loss awareness in 1988, he showed his deep sorrow for bereaved mothers.

“When a child loses his parent, they are called an orphan. When a spouse loses her or his partner, they are called a widow or widower. When parents lose their child, there isn’t a word to describe them,” he said.

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My Story: Our Baby’s Funeral

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On Thursday, just three days after Hadassah died, I stared at my reflection in the mirror. Black. Never had the color of my clothes meant so much to me. Never had it mirrored my emotions so closely either.

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