How common is Pregnancy Loss?

(Topic: Pregnancy and Infant Loss Statistics) Introduction This is another shareable post! Please feel free to share the link to this blog or this post specifically. In honor of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, I am focusing on topics that will help friends of families going through the loss of a baby, geared toward

What can I say? Ideas on how to talk to and help a grieving friend

(topic: loss, grief, communication, helping) Introduction This is a post in my series of posts honoring Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. My goal is for these posts to be shareable – if you are a loss parent, I hope you find this post helpful to share with your friends to help them understand you,

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

(Topic: loss, grief, awareness) What is this Awareness Month? This month is a special one in the USA, but I don’t know if other countries officially observe it. Back in 1988, President Reagan specified October as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month (Full text of the official declaration at this link). The idea is to

Dear Charlie’s Mama, Are You OK?

(Topic: Emotions, Support networks for grief) Hi Friends! This is a FAQ!!! I have enough readers now that I’ve started getting occasional questions, and this post will be structured based on that. Thanks for all your feedback and support! You seem sad. Are you OK? Thank you for your concern! Yes, I’m generally ok. I have

Walking for Charlie

Dear Friends, Once again, I’m going to post about the walk we have coming up on June 24th CORRECTION, it is the 23RD. It is a sponsored walk, kind of like a Crop Walk or a March of Dimes: We walk, you sponsor us, the money becomes a donation to the cause. Details will be

NILMDTS Remembrance Walk, OH 2018

    Dear Friend,   I will be taking part in a walk to remember our baby, as part of the Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep (NILMDTS) annual walk, which is in June, actually just days after Charlie’s birthday. What this does is support the organization, which provides professional photographers on a pro

By The Numbers

By the Numbers The Statistics of Baby Loss Hi Friends,   This is going to be a brief explanation of the statistics of baby loss you may see floating around. Some are true, some are false, and most are simply a little misleading unless you hear where the numbers are from. I will be including

In the Right Place, At the Right Time

…Or, Why I Take Pookie With Me To Public Places There are many reasons I take Pookie with me, the primary one being that I feel like I need a little one to hold, and/or the comfort of a stuffed toy. I’ll sometimes take him just for company, but usually it’s because I’m going somewhere

Book Review: Beyond the Sling, by Mayim Bialik

Hi Friends of all stripes, I’m currently reading a book. A real book, with hardly any pictures! One of the things I’ve noticed on my grief journey is that I am having a much harder time reading than I expected. This is very odd for me, given that I used to read constantly, and fly

Mother’s Day

Hi Friends, Mother’s Day fast approacheth, and you might guess that this is going to be a bit of a challenging weekend for me. Not only with Mother’s Day, but there are multiple other activities not related to that (birthdays, concerts, and such) that are making it busy too. I’m nervous. My family has never