Tag Archives: Loss of a Child

“Spikes” by Michael Chabon

Michael Chabon’s “Spikes” offers readers a perspective into how a person can unexpectedly learn to cope with the grief of losing a child

The process of grieving is a healing pain that can revitalize the spirit, just as much as it can signal the end of something or someone that we are beholden by. This is the main lesson for the short story … Continue reading

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 Book Review: Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story by Carol Burnett

A mother’s touching tribute to her daughter who had so much life left in her when it was unexpectedly cut short by cancer

Many people think of Carol Burnett as a lively and beloved comedian and entertainer best known for her long-running variety show, “The Carol Burnett Show.” Few, however, know the intimate and intricate bond that she shared with her firstborn daughter, … Continue reading

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How Can We Plan A Memorial Service? An Interview with Rabbi Sara Shendelman

Rabbi Sara Shendelman discusses the services she offers for people planning a memorial service for a loved one

Today, SevenPonds speaks with Rabbi Sara Shendelman, a rabbi and cantor as well as a former ordained minister. Currently based in Berkeley, California, she officiates all types of weddings and conducts memorial services, both interfaith and Jewish, for individual families. … Continue reading

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“Baby Mine” by Bette Midler

A beautiful funeral song about grieving for the loss of a child

Losing a child is undoubtedly a tragedy and the toughest event a parent could ever face. No parent ever dreams of outliving their child, and yet, it is an unfortunate circumstance that happens all too often. For those who lose … Continue reading

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Short Story: “Breaking the News,” by Vladimir Nabokov (1935)

Friends struggle with how to break very bad news in this story of the moment before grief

A prominent 20th-century author and one of the great masters of language, Vladimir Nabokov wrote his share of epic, seminal novel-length works, including Lolita, Pale Fire, and Ada, or Ardor. But in the short story “Breaking the News,” first published … Continue reading

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What is Grief Support for Neonatal Death? An Interview with Ellen Daley

A place where parents can find support after losing a child

Ellen Kelly Daley is the president of the board of directors at HAND, a resource network of parents, professionals, and volunteers who provide support for those who have lost a baby before, during, or after birth. She is a professional … Continue reading

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