I couldn’t imagine a baby could die.
I couldn’t imagine anything more devastating than that.
The power of love, within me, inside me, through me, from me
The gift that lies within one’s soul
That’s what it is.
That fear grappling intensity of hovering over a life more powerful than your own
In my womb for eight months, twenty-one days, twelve hours, two minutes
Forever he lives within me
Fire (that) burns deep within me
The power to change, turn, cre...
20th Biennial International Perinatal Bereavement Conference
Sponsored by Josiah's Journey and the Children's Health Foundation
Josiah's Journey and the Children's Health Foundation in London, Ontario, are proud to announce that we will be awarding 4 conference scholarships to professional care providers and researchers exhibiting financial need who would like to attend the 20th Biennial International Perinatal Bereavement Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, September 28 – October 1, 2016.
"Loving Your Baby… takes a compassionate and honest, yet gentle, look at the life and death of a child. It supported me in recognizing the signs when Oliver was nearing the end of his short life. Loving Your Baby... gave us suggestions for how to honour and remember our son through special keepsakes and creating memories. Shari beautifully writes of her own journey with her son, Josiah, and I felt an instant bereaved mother-to-mother connection to her. Shari's book helped me say goodbye to our baby, but also gave me hope that I will survive so th...
For those of us who have lost a child, the holiday season can be an overwhelming time of anxiety and sadness. The familiar rituals of family togetherness and being home for the holidays may leave us feeling alone and isolated. While the world around is celebrating, managing the pain and navigating this incredibly difficult time is often challenging for those who are grieving. The nostalgia of the season can renew the pain of loss even years after a child’s death.
In the six years since our son, Josiah, died I have found that many things can trigg...
Today, our precious little boy Josiah would have turned six years old. For most families, their child’s birthday is among the most celebrated times of the year. But for those of us whose child has died, it can be a day filled with many mixed emotions - the memories of the blessed life our child lived and the heartbreaking reminder of all that our child's life could have should have been. As a family we mourn the loss of Josiah's unlived life - the new beginning, new life and new joy that a birthday celebration often represents....
Holidays and anniversaries can be an overwhelming time of anxiety and sadness for those of us who have lost a child. Sometimes this grief is called “shadowing grief” and can surface at unpredictable times. The images of family togetherness and being home for the holidays may leave us feeling alone and isolated. While the world around us is celebrating, how can we manage the pain and navigate this incredibly difficult time?
Try to acknowledge that the holidays may be very difficult for you. Consider scaling back. Together, as a family, create n...