Guest Post: Real-Life Grief

I am husband, father, brother, and son. I am the primary breadwinner of my household. I am a voice of reason for many people in my life. I have a solid home, working cars, great family and friends, a good job with good benefits. I have good clothes and shoes to wear, I have food…

Would She Know Me?

It happens all the time.  I see a little girl; a year and a half old, brown hair, a curious smile and I think, “That could be Dorothy.”  My breath catches in my throat as I watch her toddle back to her parents so she can be lifted into their arms.  I would know her…

Grief and Concentration: 8 tips for coping with an inability to focus

Mamas, have you visited the What’s Your Grief website? I definitely suggest checking it out. They have SO much amazing content about grief, along with other special things they do (for instance, they have an “Exploring Grief Through Photography” online class coming up). Anyway, I saw this article about dealing with an inability to focus,…

What song brings you joy?

Earlier this year, Still Standing posted an article about a huge playlist for bereaved parents. It’s full of songs that will really make you feel the love and grief for your baby, and everything in between. It’s a great place to go if you want to sit with your feelings, and really feel your grief…

Go Ahead

If you are grieving, I want you to go ahead. Go ahead and do whatever brings you peace in this moment. Go ahead and venture to wherever your heart beckons you. Go ahead and get outside. Take a walk and breathe in all that nature has to offer you.  Sit on the ground.  Put your…

Team Norah: For the Love

Our daughter, Norah Mae, was born on March 1st. Heaven lent us our perfect little girl for 5 days before she returned to play with the angels. During what was without question the hardest experience of our lives, the Ronald McDonald house provided us a space to gather, connect, and survive. While I was still…

Mindfulness for Loss Moms: Grief with Intention

Did you roll your eyes a little when you read the title of this article? Because, honestly, I did when I wrote it. I’m pretty new to the whole mindfulness thing. I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin, about 45 minutes from the Twin Cities in Minnesota. Both my parents had grown up…

Butterflies and Bears: For the Love

This is the second post in our For the Love series! This is a guest post by Amy. _________ After losing Asher, the only time my husband and I weren’t crying was when we were doing something for him or in honor of him. Immediately following our loss we learned that we had to stay…

The Mailbox: An Unexpected Trigger

Hey mama, I want to give you a heads up – especially if you’re just starting your grief journey. Your postal carrier is soon going to be your least favorite person. I’m sure they’re lovely and I know they’re just doing their job, but there are times when they will send you into such a…

A CD for Parents in Honor of Lily: For the Love

I’m so excited to introduce to you our first post in our new For the Love series, about what parents do to honor the memory of their littles that left too soon. Meet Heather! Heather’s Story I lost my 1st baby on Easter Sunday, & it was one of the most traumatic things I’ve ever…

For the Love: New Blog Post Series on Honoring Our Littles

In this tight-knit and supportive community of loss moms, I’ve seen so many examples and read so many stories about what moms have been compelled to do after losing a baby, whether through miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal or child loss. For me, it was blogging on LettersToJonah.com, and creating this site. For others, it’s starting nonprofits,…

The Post-Loss Identity Crisis

We’ve all heard about the stages of grief, and I’m assuming we’ve all experienced the nonlinear way we cycle through all of the stages. I mean, heck, sometimes I hit all of them in one day. There’s another one, though, that I’m not sure we talk about enough… It’s the change in identity. We look…