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October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

I wish I remembered more of her pregnancy and life, but the trauma of her death has erased a lot of my memories. But I don’t want Hope to only be defined by the tragedy of her loss. I want to talk about who she was and how much I love her.
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Adoption After Infant Loss and Miscarriage

Adoption After Infant Loss and Miscarriage

One of the good things that has come from the depth of our suffering is that we were led to adoption.
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The Birth of Rainbow Baby Sammy

The Birth of Rainbow Baby Sammy

When we brought Sammy home, our older son Matti asked us, “Can he stay here?” It was such a profound question, one that my own heart had asked God so many times during my pregnancy and during that 10 day period in the NICU.
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Parenting Your Living Children After Loss

Parenting Your Living Children After Loss

I was often worried about how our grief would affect Matthias and how it would change my parenting.  I knew that it would have an impact on his life, but I didn’t know if I was going to permanently scar him because of the depth of sorrow he saw in me.
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5 Things to Say and Do for Someone Who Has Lost a Child

5 Things to Say and Do for Someone Who Has Lost a Child

Last week, I wrote about the top five things NOT to say to someone who is grieving the loss of a child. Here are five categories of things you SHOULD say, as well as five actions to pair with each categor
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Top 5 Things NOT to Say to Someone Who Is Grieving

Top 5 Things NOT to Say to Someone Who Is Grieving

My hope is that as you read what not to say, you will be better prepared to help someone in grief by avoiding these common slip-ups.
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Do Babies Go to Heaven?

Do Babies Go to Heaven?

When you lose someone you love, your beliefs about the afterlife suddenly become most important...
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Coping When You Finally Get Medical Answers

Coping When You Finally Get Medical Answers

When He is the author of your story, He promises to work everything out for your good – even if it takes decades, even if it’s unlike anything you ever imagined, even if it seems impossible. Trust Him with your story.
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Mourning into Joy

Mourning into Joy

“I will turn their mourning into joy; I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.” Jeremiah 31:13
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Coping with Early Pregnancy Loss and Chemical Pregnancy

Coping with Early Pregnancy Loss and Chemical Pregnancy

I desperately wanted another child, but both pregnancy and adoption were failing me.   
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When Our Plans Aren't God's Plans

When Our Plans Aren't God's Plans

I constantly asked myself and God, “Why does that woman get to have so many children, but I can’t even have two?”  “Why did you ruin my dreams?”  “Why don’t you want me to have a big family?”
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Mother's Day After the Loss of a Child

Mother's Day After the Loss of a Child

Mother’s Day is an extremely difficult holiday for all bereaved mothers, but for me, it is a double whammy since it will always fall so close to the anniversary of Hope’s death.
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