With Christmas fast approaching, the excitement and rituals of the season are coming along with it whether we are ready or not. As grieving parents, it can be such a bittersweet time of year where happy memories clash with our loss. It can be fraught with triggers and wishes unfulfilled. We can do nothing to stop the Holidays from coming, but we can choose how we will handle ourselves and what we will do (or not do). Some things will be a struggle because the memories and loss are so deep.Read More
Thank you to everyone who attended our 14th Annual Memory Tree Event at Alberta Children’s Hospital on December 3, 2017. 35 people attended this year’s event; participating in the tree decorating, candle lighting, kids’ crafts and sharing over refreshments afterward. We are honoured that you chose to remember your child and share your stories with us. We will hold you and your children in our hearts this Holiday Season.Read More
As a grieving parent, the winter Holiday Season can feel like a minefield of grief triggers that you have to navigate surrounded by people who don’t necessarily understand, even if they mean well. But how do you grieve and survive this family-oriented time of year when you are missing your child who has died?Read More
Journey Through Loss of a Young Child is for grieving moms, but with Father’s Day this weekend, I chose to focus on how moms can best support dads on the day. Let’s explore how we can support the man that gave us our kids on a day that we know can be trying having celebrated Mother’s Day last month.Read More
For the vast majority of humans, the coming of the New Year is a time for reflection, celebration and forward planning. It begins with much fanfare and tremendous energy, right on the heels of Christmas and it’s full of hope. Those of us who are grieving, might not feel so much like celebrating, planning or have the energy, depending on where we are in our grief.Read More
Growing up in Canada, Christmas was so important to me, but for the 2010 Holiday Season all I wanted was to sleep it away or escape it somehow. The pressure of the Holidays began to build early because in November we received news. After waiting three months for Amiya’s autopsy results, we found out that it was a virus and co-sleeping that had caused my sweet baby girl to pass away at only 9 weeks old.
As Christmas drew closer, I wanted to forget it was part of my upbringing or that I once upon a time loved this holiday. In years past, Christmas was so important to me: The rituals, the tree, the turkey, family gatherings, fun and festivities. But my grief wouldn’t allow me to want to participate in any of these events that year.Read More
Thank You for Coming
Thank you to everyone who attended our Memory Tree Event, December 4, 2016 at the Alberta Children's Hospital. We are honoured that you chose to join us today to remember your precious child and shared stories of your love and loss. Each story is heart-breaking; we send our love this holiday
Please Come and Add Your Ornament
We invite all Calgary and area families who are missing a child (17 years old or younger) who has passed away to add their ornament to our tree.
Christmas comes with joyfulness, songs, decorations, and the cheeriness of the Season. But after the summer when my five year old son, Sean, died, Christmas held no joy for me. In fact, listening to Christmas music became problematic so I had to make choices to respect how I was feeling and grieving.
Those first few Christmases, I remember...Read More
This morning, Saturday, October 8, 2016 and I found myself brought to tears by Ed Sheeran’s song, “Photograph.” I was completely blind-sided by grief, tears, and the realization that photographs are all that I have and that my son will be missing from the Thanksgiving festivities this weekend.
It’s been 9 years. You’d think that I’d be prepared or that it wouldn’t sneak up on me like that, but it does...Read More