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.

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+00:00 April 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+00:00 March 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+00:00 February 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+00:00 January 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+00:00 January 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 [...]

Dear Courageous Mama Dreaming of far more than a White Christmas

Dear Courageous Mama, The snow is falling steadily out my window right now, this Christmas morning. The time between Thanksgiving and New Years was always my favorite time of year, and a White Christmas signified the most magical of Christmases. Even when we didn't have a white Christmas outside, we always watched White Christmas at some [...]

By | 2017-12-25T22:21:13+00:00 December 25th, 2017|Parenting After Loss, Pregnancy, TTC|0 Comments

The Magic Returns

I was reading through some of my past articles at Pregnancy After Loss Support last night to remind myself what I’ve already written about the holiday season. I thought I wanted to write about getting through the holidays while pregnant after loss or the first holiday season with our subsequent baby. But, as I read [...]

By | 2017-11-27T14:37:40+00:00 November 26th, 2017|Parenting After Loss|0 Comments

Grieving the Family Halloween Costume

My husband and I got married on National Superhero Day, and we had superhero elements in our wedding. We were drawn to each other, in part, through our love of stories that spur the imagination. So, I’m sure it’s no surprise that Halloween is one of our favorite holidays. And even before I met him, [...]

By | 2017-10-29T16:20:05+00:00 October 29th, 2017|Parenting After Loss|4 Comments

Waving the White Flag: Sleep Deprivation and Anxiety

Before we tried to get pregnant, I consulted with a perinatal psychiatrist to go over my medications, their risks, and changes that needed to be made to take care of baby and me through pregnancy and postpartum. See, I have stubborn depression and anxiety. After years and years of struggling, my psychiatrist and I found [...]

By | 2017-09-25T08:47:54+00:00 September 25th, 2017|Emotional Health, Parenting After Loss|1 Comment