Fourth of July & Faces of Loss

July 4, 2012 at 9:44 am | Posted in Grief, life after loss, Love, silver lining, why I write | 2 Comments
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4th of July

Happy 4th of July!

Faces of Loss

Stevie Joy, was stillborn on May 8th, 2010, when Kristen Cook was 26 weeks pregnant. Her perfect pregnancy came crashing down in an instant the moment she heard those shocking little words: “there is no heartbeat.”  Among the devastation the feeling of complete isolation and loneliness comes along with the death of your child.  Kristen began to search the internet and quickly realized that she is not alone.  Pregnancy and child loss does not discriminate it affects families of all walks of life.  There are members of the club all over the world.  As Kristen writes, “It’s not just something that happens to “other people,” it can happen to anyone. I realized there were so many other nice, normal people like me who had gone through the death of a child. And they were surviving. That realization gave me hope.”

Kristen took her hope and created a place for women to share their stories and faces.  Faces of Loss, Faces of Hope brings awareness to the issue of pregnancy/infant loss. Kristen’s hope is that by “telling the world we are not afraid to show our faces and tell our stories, barriers will be broken down. Taboos will be broken, and lines of communication will be opened.”

I have shared our story.  I wish none of us had to live in a world without our child/children.  Thank you Kristen for helping us to know that we are not alone and that we can survive.

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