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Offering Community between Loss Parents

Guest post by Megan Brandow-Faller and Adam Brandow Our first thought as we write this post is that we are writing to a community of parents—mothers and fathers alike—who understand loss. While the details of each of our stories vary, we who find ourselves linked through Pregnancy After Loss Support (PALS) are forever connected through the [...]

By |2018-06-26T21:04:02-04:00June 26th, 2018|For Dads, From Dads Who Know, Pregnancy|0 Comments

The Exhausted Loss Father

Guest post by Mike Whalen I’m tired all the time. I am a parent, a father. It’s a common condition, the exhausted parent. The sleepless nights of newborn-hood followed by the unrelenting crush of work and maintaining your home to the point where it is habitable enough to keep the authorities uninvolved. No one gets [...]

By |2018-06-15T21:03:14-04:00June 16th, 2018|For Dads, From Dads Who Know|1 Comment

Feeling Like Falling: Life after Loss

Guest post by Bret Hand You know that feeling you get when you're leaning back comfortably in your chair and thinking about how well things are going? Then, out of nowhere, you feel as though your heart jumps out of your chest and you are falling 100 feet? You’re able to catch yourself. Then, you [...]

By |2018-06-15T21:24:51-04:00June 15th, 2018|For Dads, From Dads Who Know|0 Comments

What Jackson Pollock Taught Me About Grief and Life

Guest post by Mike Markert Photo by Orlando Brooke on Unsplash I consider the first ultrasound to be my daughter’s birthday. I sat there on the edge of my chair, holding my wife’s hand and smiling, just staring at my beautiful little baby, watching her wiggle and flop around on the screen. Even her little spine [...]

By |2018-06-13T17:15:01-04:00June 13th, 2018|For Dads, From Dads Who Know|0 Comments

The Unspoken Grief from a Loss Father

Guest post by Sergio Pierluissi Our family of five, including the bear we received from the hospital after losing Lucy. My wife, Meagan -- a volunteer with Pregnancy After Loss Support (PALS), asked if I’d like to write some thoughts about our experience for PALS; from a father's perspective. I’d love to, I thought. [...]

By |2018-06-11T21:29:27-04:00June 11th, 2018|For Dads, From Dads Who Know|0 Comments

What Loss Moms Want Others to Know about Mother’s Day

Guest Post by Melissa Ayala With my first Mother’s Day with my rainbow beside me, and the third with my angel in my heart, I wanted to write about this day. A fellow loss mom posed the question to a group, “If you can say anything about Mother’s Day, what would it be?” And it [...]

By |2018-05-09T21:58:28-04:00May 9th, 2018|Parenting After Loss, Pregnancy|0 Comments

7 Things the Mom Parenting a Baby Born after Loss does Differently than other Moms

Guest Post by Melissa Ayala Photo by Guillaume de Germain on Unsplash 1. You don’t sweat the small stuff. I once heard a story about a loss mom that was pregnant again with twins. Everyone would tell her things like, “You’re gonna be swimming in diapers!” And her answer to that was, "I sure hope so!" [...]

By |2018-04-30T14:21:09-04:00April 29th, 2018|Parenting After Loss|0 Comments

The Incredible Meaning behind my Photographs of my Pregnancy after Loss

Guest Post by Mary Alice Marshall It wasn't until two weeks after our rainbow was born that I finally got up the nerve to share pictures I had taken throughout the pregnancy. As I shared, I reflected on their incredible meaning through this pregnancy after loss journey. Oh, the pregnancy tests! Our fifth positive pregnancy [...]

By |2018-04-05T12:00:40-04:00April 5th, 2018|Birth, Pregnancy|0 Comments

Where Do I Fit In?

Guest Post by Melissa Ayala I knew this was going to be a problem. I wondered if I'd fit in. I knew somewhere the conversation was going to turn uncomfortable for me. I knew that part of the reason I felt extra emotional (on top of all the postpartum hormones) was because of Christmas and [...]

By |2018-03-28T19:37:33-04:00March 28th, 2018|Parenting After Loss, The First Year|1 Comment