loss

Posts with the ‘loss’ tag

Letters of Hope for the Holiday Season

The holiday season brings fellowship and hope to the world but the next few weeks also usher in a deeper level of sadness and despair for people living with grief and loss. For many… A simple trip to the grocery store provokes unexpected, choking tears while standing in front of store shelves and mindlessly looking […]

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2018: The Promise We Can’t Yet See

The small sign conveyed holiday cheer with block red letters on a small foam core square – similar to those Christmas Light ad signs I’ve seen around town since October. As I waited for the light to turn green, I looked around the intersection, scanned the sign, moved on visually, then did a double take. […]

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Comfort and Joy in a Season of Grief

The holiday season is in full swing and waves of pain and grief engulf the joy of many this time of year. Life adventure brings jubilant events as well as times in the valley of despair. There can be an expectation (often self-imposed) of a Norman Rockwell, “ideal” holiday. Social media doesn’t help – we […]

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4 Ways to Offer Infertility and Child Loss Care

A Day of Remembrance When people hear my story of infertility, miscarriage, and involuntary childlessness, one common question asked is how they can help a friend, loved one, or co-worker who has experienced a similar loss. In 1988, United States President Ronald Reagan proclaimed October 1988 as “Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.” The observation […]

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Shining a Light on the What Ifs of Life

The Christmas season is a wonderful time to celebrate the life and hope of our faith. Joyous music fills our ears, bright lights adorn trees and houses, and the scent of fresh pine greets our noses. This time of year can also turn our focus to the negative what ifs of life, especially when we […]

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Ten Years to Life

Ten Years Ago… June 2016 marked ten years of a journey I didn’t want. You see, June 2006 brought several endings in my life that imprisoned me emotionally, mentally, and spiritually for a very long time. The Past One morning in June 2006 while sitting in a fertility clinic waiting for a final procedures, I […]

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Finding the Wonderful This Time of Year

Expectation and anticipation build when the month of December returns each year. We begin to plan activities and events that celebrate life and bring people together. Promise and hope shimmer all around. It is truly the most wonderful time of the year. Or not. For too many, the past year has introduced confusion and heartache. This […]

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A Day to Remember

Today, October 15th, represents the Official Day of Remembrance within a month of Infant & Pregnancy Loss Awareness. This month allows those of us who have experienced the gut-wrenching pain of loss to come together in support and community. If this month has personal meaning and experience for you, you are on my heart. I […]

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