Category Archives: grieving for a child

Joe Biden’s heartfelt speech on grief

Joe Biden’s heartfelt speech on grief From the Washington Post, May 2015 Perhaps more than any other American politician, we have a sense of how Joe Biden processes grief. The vice president, who is mourning the loss of his 46-year-old son, Beau, today, has lived through unimaginable tragedy. His first wife and 13-month-old-daughter, Naomi, died in

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What Does a Mother Do for Her Son? AfterTalk Inspirational 10.12.17

What Does a Mother Do for Her Son?  by mary gutheil anderson   What does a mother do for her son? She helps create him She carries him next to her heart for close to a year She gives birth She sustains his life She feeds him She clothes him She combs his hair She

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Mysterious Moments: AfterTalk Inspirational 8.31.17

Mysterious Moments–Narratives and Grief Several years ago, I heard a grief story that, like a song repeating in my mind, refused to leave my thoughts or feelings.  It occurred when I was visiting a friend’s elderly mother in her assisted-living apartment.  On the wall close to her recliner was a portrait of her adorable eighteen-month-old

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Losing a Child: The Guilt Trip: AfterTalk Inspirational 5.18.17

Losing a child is an emotional hurricane. It rouses erratic emotions that fuel each other until they funnel into a whirlpool of devastation. Anger, depression, discouragement—among all these emotions, one that often tugs at grievers for months and years after a loss is guilt. Guilt over My Miscarriage In my case, I met this guilt

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Losing a Loved one…AfterTalk Inspirational Weekly: 3.9.17

Losing a Loved One to a Rare Disease My daughter died of ectopia cordis. My husband and I learned about this birth defect around eighteen weeks into the pregnancy, and we also learned that it meant our daughter’s heart was growing outside her chest. Do you know how rare ectopia cordis is? An estimated 1

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