Countless grieving families know Patti Walker as a gentle, talented and compassionate caregiver. What some might not know is that Patti’s path to supporting others has been paved with multiple tragic losses, both of the families she supports and of her own.Read More
“I have to say that I remember every moment of that day. A perspective that is uniquely ours as a privileged care team that wanted so much to hold space for your beautiful family. As a team, we held each other up with hugs, and long pauses, stares deep in to one another’s souls as we carried forward in caring for your beautiful family knowing that each moment is so so precious. Wanting our care and compassion to shine light through the cracks in your broken heart so as to illuminate the beauty, the grace and the love that is present in what feels like darkness. What I want for you to know is that we remember. “Read More
All of the training, knowledge, skills, experience, processes, tools and faith can only begin to prepare health care providers for days that end in the indescribable. The days that have them eye to eye, with frightened, broken and devastated parents as they must relay the news that their precious child is not going to make it home.Read More
There sat a copy of "The Runaway Bunny” next to his hospital bed. The story I once loved now filled my heart and mind with great fear and sadness. I tried to be strong and get through the words for my son, but with each line I had to fight back tears. For the place my little bunny was going, this mother was not able to follow.Read More
Focusing on what we are in the moment versus what we have been in the past can be difficult. Will the next stage feel better? When will the worrying stop? If we make it this far, are we safe? But what if?
Pregnancy after loss can be a very anxious experience and often difficult to manage the swing of mixed emotions. Taking moments to focus on the present reality and breathe are little techniques that can provide some simple reprieve along the way.Read More
I wished there was some kind of way to instantly transport me to families, so I could just hold them after the loss of a child. I didn’t know what I would say but I knew that in these situations sometimes a quiet embrace from someone who has been through it could shed a ray of light and comfort in a very dark time.Read More
From the sweetest lullaby to the most heart-breaking lyrics. Every time I got close to the end of the song I would almost break down in tears, feeling nauseous and afraid. Now I was singing not only to Marshall but to God. “Please don’t take my sunshine away”.Read More
The bravery and courage of Aidan and his teacher turned out beautifully. It is a difficult subject but it is true, real and important.Read More
"Living in a snow globe of reality. Things that were the same felt different to me."
There was a new foreign concept to everything that once felt safe or comforting. I craved for things to feel "normal" to feel "right" but soon realized I was on a journey of creating a new "normal" for me.Read More
As parents, each child in our life brings forth a new living, growing, beautiful heart that adds to the fullness of our own hearts. But what happens when one of those hearts break? What happens to our hearts when we lose a child?Read More