Our second child and only son, Josiah, died shortly after his birth. First there was the joy of meeting Josiah born alive, and then my entire world fell apart as Josiah’s life painfully slipped away from my protective motherly bond. At that time there were few resources to help our family navigate those first days as newly bereaved parents. This is the book I wish someone had given to me. It is my hope that you find this book to be a gentle and practical guide, that supports you through your loss as you make your own heartfelt decisions for your baby and your family. May you find peace and comfort in your heart as you create loving memories, which will last you a lifetime, with your precious baby.
Shari is a founder, author, educator, parent advisor, public speaker and pioneer in the field of perinatal palliative care and infant death.
Shari is the founder of a charitable organization, Josiah's Journey, created in memory of her son, Josiah Morash, that supports the Paediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT) at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto. Josiah's Journey has raised more than $180,000 to date supporting the acquisition of critical care medical equipment, research and education.
Shari’s book, Loving Your Baby... A Gentle and Practical Guide to Parenting Through Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Infant Death (2014) is designed to help parents and professionals navigate the first moments surrounding a child's death and validates the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of parents when loss tragically comes at the beginning of life. Written by a bereaved mother who has walked this difficult road, Shari created a practical guide filled with valuable knowledge and understanding and in so doing has become a pioneering author in the area of perinatal palliative care and infant loss.
As an adult educator, Shari’s presentations have included Perinatal Hospice, Perinatal Palliative Care and Bereavement, Capturing A Brief Life Using Remembrance Photography, Giving Voice to Dying Children, Supporting Bereaved Families and Helping Families Heal During the Holiday Season.
In addition to training, Shari lends her warmth and expertise as a Parent Advisor to the Paediatric Advanced Care Team at The Hospital for Sick Children – a team of palliative care professionals working with existing health care providers to ensure family needs are met – and as a committee member to the international Pregnancy Loss and Infant Death Alliance (PLIDA).
Shari is an accomplished speaker and has been invited to give numerous keynote presentations at medical conferences and charity fundraisers including: The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Children's Hospital and Children's Health Foundation, London and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals across Ontario.
Morash holds a Bachelor’s degree in developmental psychology, perinatal and pediatric palliative care, pregnancy loss and infant death from the University of Waterloo (BIS). Together with her husband Scott, and two daughters, Shari lives in Guelph, Ontario, CANADA.