The Good Grief Club
I've become aware that you can ask anyone you know, and they have either lost a baby themselves or are close to someone who has. Pregnancy and infant loss has no boundaries. It does not discriminate based on religion, race, income, or any other factor. It affects all people, in all walks of life, all over the world, every day.
I found no comfort in being a statistic. Where I drew comfort, however, was from knowing that someone else on this planet understood my intense pain, the indescribable feelings of helplessness and loss. I drew comfort from knowing that other people had survived following the death of their own child, eventually finding happiness and purpose in their lives again.
Babies aren't supposed to die. Yet, each year, in the United States alone, approximately 26,000 babies will be stillborn. Another 26,000 will die within their first year of life. And it is estimated that nearly one million babies will be lost to miscarriage. Worldwide, these numbers become staggering. While pregnancy and infant loss affects millions of people each year, why are there still so many who know so little about it? Why are there so many people who are afraid to talk about it? Why are grieving parents expected to quickly "get over it" and get on with their lives?
My purpose is to give comfort, hope, and inspiration to those who have experienced the loss of a child, and to foster understanding and compassion in those who are brought into the lives of the grieving or simply want to experience a powerful story of relearning to love life after loss.
Just as with the issues of infertility and postpartum depression, the time has also come to shatter the myths and taboos of pregnancy and infant loss. I wrote The Good Grief Club with the intention of shedding light on this subject, for where there is light there is love and healing.