Topic: death of a child

This Mother’s Sandbox Tribute On Her Baby’s Grave Will Make You Ugly Cry

This Mother's Sandbox Tribute On Her Baby's Grave Will Make You Ugly Cry

Ashlee Hammac lost her infant son Ryan just five days after his birth on October 11, 2013. Ryan passed after suffering brain damage caused by oxygen deprivation when Ashlee’s placenta burst during labor—a condition called Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephlopathy. While baby Ryan’s parents surely mourn his loss, there’s more to the story: Ryan had a three-year-old brother named Tucker who will never get to know him. More »

As A Mom Who Lost A Child, I Find Aaron Eckhart Faking A Dead Child Offensive

As A Mom Who Lost A Child, I Find Aaron Eckhart Faking A Dead Child Offensive

Actor Aaron Eckhart pretended to lose a child in order to attend a bereavement support group meeting. All for the sake of his art. Eckhart, who has no children himself, made this revelation on the Howard Stern show last week. At the time, he was preparing for a role in 2010’s Rabbit Hole; a film also starring Nicole Kidman. The movie is about a couple dealing with the loss of their child. More »

10 Things To Never Say To A Grieving Parent

10 Things To Never Say To A Grieving Parent

I lost my hopes, dreams, and future for this child. This was my child. A living, breathing human being. Infants are not supposed to die. I was supposed to have a lifetime to make memories. I was robbed and cheated out of everything I was supposed to have with my child. This is HARD, this is a hard that people cannot even comprehend. It doesn’t matter how old he was. More »

‘Right-To-Lifers’ Use Image Of Her Son, Mom Reclaims Image In Brave And Powerful Essay

'Right-To-Lifers' Use Image Of Her Son, Mom Reclaims Image In Brave And Powerful Essay

I can’t imagine caring for a child with a terminal illness. I can’t imagine watching someone I love wither away and then disappear, as if he were never here. I certainly can’t imagine a group that I hate then using his image to further their own agenda. This is what one mother had to endure when the National Right To Life News made her son’s story a feature on their site. More »

A Fire Kills Five In Illinois Including Four Kids At A Sleepover & Our Hearts Break A Little More

A Fire Kills Five In Illinois Including Four Kids At A Sleepover & Our Hearts Break A Little More

Tragedies happen every day, all over the country. Parents, children, loved ones, they pass away in sometimes horrific or senseless ways. We know this, but it doesn’t stop our hearts from breaking a little more when we hear stories like these awful deaths in Illinois. A home fire killed five people, including four girls attending a slumber party. More »

Erect A New Place In Hell For The Person Who Fatally Shot A Baby Mid-Diaper Change

Erect A New Place In Hell For The Person Who Fatally Shot A Baby Mid-Diaper Change

The tragedies of gun violence in Chicago continue their downward spiral to depressing new lows. After the national outcry at Hadiya Pendleton‘s and Janay McFarlane‘s murders, this latest horror should add fuel to the fire under legislators to make meaningful strides in tackling gun violence. The newest victim is a 6-month-old little girl, Jonylah Watkins, who was shot along with her father while he was changing her diaper. More »

Chinese Struggle With Grief After The Strangulation Of A 2-Year-Old Girl

Chinese Struggle With Grief After The Strangulation Of A 2-Year-Old Girl

It’s a parent’s worst nightmare. There’s a sleeping baby in the back seat, and they just have to grab something from the house or a gas station. They leave the infant for a second, only to find their vehicle and child gone. The very idea brings a lump to my throat and settles a huge weight in the pit of my stomach. It’s the horrific experience of one Chinese father this week, and the outcome of his tragic story has sparked soul-searching across the nation. More »

In Saudi Arabia, You Can Pay $50,000 Blood Money In Exchange For Raping Your Child To Death

In Saudi Arabia, You Can Pay $50,000 Blood Money In Exchange For Raping Your Child To Death

Warning: This article is amazingly graphic and beyond terrible and will probably cause your heart to break in a million pieces, like it did mine. But I feel it is our responsibility, as women, as mothers, as humans to know about these things. I’m not sure what exactly we can do to make a difference in cases like this, in the mindset that lets men in faraway countries get away with this type of brutality, but we need to do something. This story is appalling to the millionth degree. Lindsay Cross covered this story a few months ago, but we have new information regarding this horrific case. More »

Babies ‘R’ Us Was Surprisingly Kind To A Father Returning A Stroller After His Baby’s Death

Babies 'R' Us Was Surprisingly Kind To A Father Returning A Stroller After His Baby's Death

For companies that cater to parents and their offspring, Toys ‘R’ Us and their sister-store Babies ‘R’ Us are amazingly unforgiving and unreasonable when it comes to returning purchases. In general, their customer service is known for being abysmal. It’s as if they know that they’re your only option, so they have no incentive to be helpful or kind at all. And yet, it seems that when dealing with the death of a child, even Toys ‘R’ Us has a heart. More »