About Valerie Meek

Valerie Meek is the Operations Director for Pregnancy After Loss Support. She lives in a Boston suburb with her husband, daughter, and Sato puppy, Didi Darling. She became a mama when her son Patrick was born still at 20 weeks in April of 2014. She has been honored to share her TTC and pregnancy after loss journey at PALS. She gave birth to her baby born after loss, her daughter, "Stitch," born in February 2016. Valerie writes about her family life and crafty endeavors (quilting, embroidery, crochet, knitting, cooking, canning, and scrapbooking) at her blog Meek Manor. You can also find her on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, as well as by email.

I’m not a neurotic mom, I’m a loss mom

Stitch helps fill out preschool paperwork Our family is taking a bit of a leap, and our daughter “Stitch” is starting preschool at two and a half. It has gotten increasingly challenging to work from home and give Stitch the attention she needs. These sorts of transitions can be challenging to the most [...]

By |2018-08-27T08:49:33+00:00August 27th, 2018|Parenting After Loss|0 Comments

5 Reasons to Take a Million Pictures of your Rainbow Baby

At the Make Way for Ducklings statues in Boston. The ducklings were wearing their rainbow scarves. A few weeks ago my daughter and I went on an outing with a few friends. As we toured some of the favorite spots in Boston, I snapped many--probably hundreds, if I'm honest-- pictures of my daughter. [...]

By |2018-07-23T15:31:57+00:00July 23rd, 2018|Parenting After Loss|0 Comments

Thank You for Sharing your Stories through #IAmPALS

Photo of "Stitch" taken by Margaret Belanger I have the incredible honor of working with loss mamas from all over the world. They entrust me with their stories, and I consider it one of the greatest privileges of my life to hold those stories and their babies (living and not) with them. Last [...]

Put Your Mask on First: Self-care while Parenting after Loss

If you’ve ever flown, you’ve heard the pre-flight safety message and instructions. “In the event of a loss in cabin pressure, an oxygen mask will automatically appear in front of you…If you are traveling with a child or someone who requires assistance, secure your mask first, then assist the other person.” In fact, since flying [...]

By |2018-05-28T21:33:09+00:00May 28th, 2018|Parenting After Loss|0 Comments

Three Things I Learned about Grief at the Four-Year Mark

A few weeks ago, we celebrated our son Patrick’s fourth birthday (Patrick was born still on April 2, 2014). We were feeling confident in our birthday traditions and grief journey, so we didn’t plan for the world to stop this year for his birthday. Through his past three birthdays, we’d learned that the days leading [...]

By |2018-04-22T20:43:32+00:00April 22nd, 2018|Parenting After Loss|0 Comments

When the Little Things are the Big Things

Some days, it really is the little things, and today I needed those little things. See, our son Patrick’s fourth birthday is next Monday. This birthday seems different somehow; I can’t quite put my finger on why. He’d no longer be a baby or toddler. He’d be a little boy. I wonder so much what [...]

By |2018-03-29T23:11:25+00:00March 29th, 2018|Parenting After Loss|0 Comments

5 Ways to Connect with your Partner during Pregnancy After Loss

After our son Patrick died, I learned very quickly that my husband and I processed grief differently. I didn’t understand how he could go back to work just a few days after our son died. He needed the structure. That structure was part of the way he coped. But, I feared that we would quickly [...]

By |2018-02-26T09:08:30+00:00February 26th, 2018|For Dads, Pregnancy|1 Comment

Rainbow Round-Up: Rainbow Products at Target

We all fell further in love with Target (I mean, what mama doesn't love Target?!) when they released the Cat & Jack™ Oh Hello Little Rainbow bodysuit. As soon as photos of that infant bodysuit started showing up online, so many Courageous Mamas headed right to Target to get their own. Members of the community even [...]

By |2018-01-30T17:52:01+00:00January 30th, 2018|Parenting After Loss, Pregnancy, The First Year|0 Comments

Finding Grace for Each Pregnancy after Loss Experience

Photo by Jazmin Quaynor on Unsplash My daughter is turning two in a month, and recently I’ve been thinking a lot about her birth. I’m finally removed enough from the experience that I think I can actually process the details surrounding her birth. I’ve also given myself permission to have a little freak-out about how scary [...]

By |2018-01-21T20:50:12+00:00January 21st, 2018|Parenting After Loss, Pregnancy, TTC|0 Comments

Pregnancy After Loss Support’s Most-Read Articles of 2017

Photo by Juja Han on Unsplash What a year it's been at PALS (Pregnancy After Loss Support)! We became a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization this summer and launched the new PALS MeetUps, all while continuing all of our other support services. We look forward to reaching even more Courageous Mamas in 2018! One of the ways we support [...]