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How and Why Grieving Families Can Celebrate Christmas with Hope and Joy

How and Why Grieving Families Can Celebrate Christmas with Hope and Joy

I would like to suggest that Christmas is actually meant for people who are suffering and grieving. When you understand the true meaning of Christmas, it suddenly becomes a time of healing and hope instead of a season of pain and isolation.
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Top 5 Book Recommendations for Grieving Parents after Child Loss

Top 5 Book Recommendations for Grieving Parents after Child Loss

After my daughter passed away, I clung to books as a way to process and understand what had happened to me. Reading about other people’s journeys through grief gave me hope that one day I would be able to find happiness again and be able to live without the cloud of grief enveloping me every moment of every day.
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Infant loss memorial print with baby hand prints and footprints above a quote, "I may have only held you in my arms for a moment but I will hold you in my heart forever."

Was Losing My Child a Punishment from God?

"When my daughter died in my womb, my first thought was, “Why did God take away my blessing? What did I do wrong?”
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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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