Mom Starts Thoughtful Gift Box Service to Help Others Dealing with Pregnancy Loss

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Image Source: J&J Brusie Photography/Kathleen Reed

On August 26, 2006, one day after my 30th birthday, I survived a miscarriage — and I use the word “survive” rather loosely. Without an ounce of grace or decorum, I did little but continue breathing in between fits of anger, sadness, and self-loathing throughout most of my 30th year.

I remember saying to my husband, “I wish it were a year from now. I wish I was on the other side of this.”

What I didn’t know then was how I’d mourn my due date, the anniversary of my loss, and all the foggy time in between. I didn’t know just how hard my heart would have to work to convince my head that my baby was more than just a jumble of very sad months — she was real. But perhaps worst of all, I didn’t know just how isolating my loss would feel.

My miscarriage remained so much a part of me that when I miscarried again years later, I knew better than to wish for time to pass. So instead, I wished for strength, knowing just how much I was going to need it

That’s precisely the mission behind Stay Strong Mom, an online community and gift box business designed for mothers who have recently endured a loss. [Read more …]

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