What It’s Like – Part 2

What It’s Like – Part 2

by Jason Kimble

cemetery-roses-1349445-640x428So I thought I would cheat a little.  I want to talk about something that piggy backs on to what I had written last week about the insensitive comparisons people make.  The day after I posted my piece, I saw something on Facebook that had was a news story being shared by the local news station.  The story was about pet memorials.  The teaser for the piece read something to the affect that our pets are like our children and losing them is like losing a child.  Of course I was offended by reading it.  I thought to myself, “How can they write something like that without thinking.”  This is not just something that would be offensive to me or offensive to people in my situation.  What if your child was a soldier killed in battle?  Would they make that comparison?  But it seemed no one had thought about it.  At first I was just going to let it go.  Chalk it up to another one of those “dumb things people say.”  I was going to let it roll off my back and not let it be something that bothered me.  But then I realized, if no one ever says anything how can we expect it to be fixed in the future?
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A Father’s Grief

A Father’s Grief

by Jason Kimble

efa0e-40288_9212When Heather and I lost Hannah, it created a whirlwind of emotions.  We went through all sorts of anger, sadness, grief, and so much more.  But through all of this, I observed something.  Fathers and Mothers go through very different kinds of grief.  I know there are things that are similar and we have both lost, but there is something that is different about it as a Father. 
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Asking for Help- Victoria’s Story

Asking for Help – Victoria’s Story

by Victoria Salerno

e2ebb-photoThere have been a lot of serious conversations taking place in my household over the last two weeks. In my last post, I discussed how Jason and I are discussing the possibilities we may be facing

1. Getting pregnant on our own

2. Getting pregnant through the use of fertility medications

3. Getting pregnant through IUI or IVF

If these options fail or we reach a point where we have decided it’s enough, then we have to consider:

1. Going through genetic testing to determine if there is a genetic issue

2. Getting pregnant with the help of an egg donor (friend or unknown)

3. Surrogacy- private or through a friend

4. Adoption- private or through foster care

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A Father’s Perspective

A Father’s Perspective

by Jason Kimble

46ba1-2320b-wA few weeks ago Heather asked me if I would be willing to write for the blog on Fridays and give a father’s perspective when it comes to baby loss.  When I agreed to do it, I wasn’t really sure what I would write about.  What could I write about?  What perspective do I have to share that could be helpful? 

The world views a father very differently when it comes to the loss of a child then they do a mother.  The loss is much more intimate for a mother, as she has carried the baby.  Even now, I find that most people when they see me often ask “How is your wife?”  As men, we are expected to move on and that it will not have a long lasting effect on us.

 
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When Enough is Too Much – Victoria’s Story

When Enough is Too Much – Victoria’s Story

by Victoria Salerno

f4f90-imageThere is so much that happens in your life after a loss, things you never even *think* about. I promised Heather and all of you when I joined that I would be 100% honest and share everything, good and bad, easy and difficult.

The last two days have been d.i.f.f.i.c.u.l.t. Both days ended in tears and little sleep after hard conversations with my husband. If you had asked me five years ago if I would ever have to discuss the possibility of us not having our own children, I probably would have looked at you as though you had five heads.

Not have our own children?…..

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