Topic: death of a child

There Are No More Excuses For Letting Kids Die In Hot Cars

There Are No More Excuses For Letting Kids Die In Hot Cars

If you are a parent in the new millennium, then you’ve probably read the news. If you’ve seen the news just a few times before, then you’ve likely read multiple headlines on infant and toddler hot car deaths. What I’m getting at is that we’ve passed the point where it is understandable to “accidentally” leave your kid in a hot car and potentially endanger their life. Parents should know by now that this behavior is inexcusable. More »

If The Father Who Left His Baby In A Hot Car Is Guilty, The Rest of Us Parents Can Relax

If The Father Who Left His Baby In A Hot Car Is Guilty, The Rest of Us Parents Can Relax

When I first heard the case of the Georgia father who unintentionally left his toddler to die in a hot car after driving to work, I was heartbroken. This is one of those infamous warning stories that every parent hates to hear yet can completely relate to. But as an outsider, and with all due respect to the poor deceased toddler, I must confess that I am relieved to learn that the father in the story may not have been so innocent. More »

This Father Who Forgot His Baby In The Car Should Not Be Charged With Manslaughter

This Father Who Forgot His Baby In The Car Should Not Be Charged With Manslaughter

Last week, I wrote about an Orlando father who, after switching up his morning routine a little, forgot that he had loaded his infant into his truck to drop her off at daycare, and instead drove straight to work. The nine-month-old girl was left in the car for four hours during the hottest time of day. When he realized what he had done and rushed to the truck, she was dead. He was arrested on Friday on a charge of aggravated manslaughter.
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After My Son Died: My Life As A Cemetery Mom

After My Son Died: My Life As A Cemetery Mom

For the first few months, my husband and I practically lived at the cemetery. Our first project was decorating his grave for Halloween. We set up a little ghost and put down a couple of pumpkins. Just a couple of months earlier, we had looked forward to spending this first holiday with our son. But now, this was all we had. It was the only way we could parent our child. It was all that we knew. This was our new normal. More »

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 »