Portfolio Category: Life After

Grief, it doesn’t change in size…

“Your life is a box, and this grief is a box inside that box, and it’s occupying a large portion of it. And as life continues, the bigger box gets bigger and that grief, it doesn’t change in size. It’s still there, but there’s just more room in your life, other aspects of it.” —…



What if…

“What if I would have done this? Then they would still be alive today.” — Jackie



That one minute…

“It’s happened four times for me now. It’s been a long time, when I woke up in that morning going, “I have to get the kids up from school.” Oh…she’s not there. That’s only happened four times but you know what, as bad as the realization is, that one minute that she’s still there is…



The pain will always be, always be there…

“The pain will always be, always be there. It will never go away. However, as each day passes, you will learn how to, not deal with it, but it’ll become a little easier to handle. The pain will not be as sharp as it might be right now but as each day goes along, you’ll…



How can I smile…

“I didn’t smile for a long time. I felt so guilty like how can I smile when my child’s not here? What is there to smile about? Why should I be happy? I just felt like I didn’t deserve to even smile, really even to live. Because as a parent you’re supposed to protect your…



This is not going to be a 24-hour day…

“I get up and I’m like, ‘Today I’m going to do this.’ Momo couldn’t stay here for me, but I’m doing my best to walk it out in a way that maybe a young person that I talk to or they see me smiling even if I’m crying and just keep going and maybe it’ll…



Calmness in the Storm…

There is a hole that has been ripped into my heart, my womb, my core, in my entire being, that will never heal. You can’t seal that. You can’t duplicate it, can’t replace it, can’t imitate it; it’s gone. The one little person that I did everything for, made every choice and decision for, did…



Focus on the positive…

“I’d like to think that I’ve become a better person, more compassionate because of her…I focus on the positive memories. That’s what keeps me going.” — Gale



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