Angela Riggs

About Angela Riggs

Angela Riggs is a bereaved mother who has three children on Earth and one in Heaven. She and her family live in San Diego, CA where she works as a Human Resources professional in higher education. She is a dedicated wife, loving mother, daughter, sister, and friend. Angela contributes as a PALS First Year Blogger who shares her thoughts and feelings as she continues down her parenting journey, focusing on parenting after a SIDS loss. In 2013, the Riggs family suffered the loss of their third child and only son, Leo to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Angela began writing letters to Leo the day after he passed away as a way to stay connected to him. Through these letters Angela has been able to freely express her grief, fear, hope, faith, and connect with others who have been through or have loved ones who have experienced loss. She invites you to read her letters on her blog SurvivingSIDS.

Dear Mama… It Takes a Village

Dear Mama, Your bravery makes me proud to be in community with you. After losses like ours, your continued hope, love, and endless search for peace inspires me. The way you reach out for connection, for advice, for reassurance in the times when darkness takes hold of you, brings me hope. The way you embrace [...]

How “Letters to Leo” Turned Into Hand Lettering

It has been a while since I've written an article or a blog post on my site (  In early July, I sat and tried to unpack some of my emotional baggage in an effort to understand my writer's block.  I still had the deep desire to share my heart and to continue to heal [...]

By |2016-11-21T07:29:10+00:00November 21st, 2016|Parenting After Loss|0 Comments


Aaaaaah, Friday the 13th. The day that promises to be unlucky, cursed, jinxed, and filled with superstition. I used to wonder if pregnancy was a 9-month series of Friday the thirteenths. When people find out you're pregnant, they are compelled by an obnoxious unknown force that somehow convinces them that the story they're about to [...]

By |2016-10-13T17:08:47+00:00May 13th, 2016|Emotional Health, Parenting After Loss|1 Comment

There’s No Way Out Except Through It

You may have heard that California is experiencing a weather phenomena called El Niño. It is predicted to bring immense amounts of rain to our drought-stricken land in the span of a few short months. Last week we had our first El Niño storm and I happened to be driving home from Los Angeles. It [...]

By |2016-10-13T17:10:54+00:00January 15th, 2016|Parenting After Loss|0 Comments

Dia de Los Muertos: A Celebration of Life

On November 1st falls a celebration with deep Mexican roots, and strong Latin American and Mexican traditions. Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a day where families traditionally clean and decorate the graves of their loved ones. They reflect on the life they led, the memories they shared, and build an altar [...]

By |2018-10-29T11:09:44+00:00November 4th, 2015|Emotional Health, The First Year|0 Comments