Hand to Hold's Official Blog: Written by Parents for Parents

6 Tips for Coping with Grief During the Holidays

The holidays can be an especially difficult time for those experiencing grief. So many holiday routines and activities revolve around the gathering of family and friends.  Yet, bereaved parents may not feel up for celebrating as usual or embracing holiday traditions that they have in the past. Instead of feeling a sense of loss over […]

Pregnancy After Preterm Birth or Loss

by Felicia Nash, MD, OB/GYN  Making the decision to try and conceive after a pregnancy loss or preterm birth involves both emotional and physical health components. Often couples faced with this decision spent agonizing weeks, months or years dealing with the pregnancy and/or NICU stay. Attend to Your Emotional Health First Grief counseling is a […]

A Letter to My Doctor

Dear Trusted Doctor, I knew at 16 weeks. At 18 weeks I spoke up. At 20 weeks I pleaded. At 22 weeks it was too late to stop. Despite aggressive measures at 23 weeks, five days, I cradled two perfectly formed babies in my arms. For two hours I held them, kissed them, whispered over […]

Remember Your Baby During the Holidays

The year my husband and I got married was also the year we were expecting our first baby. Our son’s due date was set for October and we envisioned having our first Christmas together as a family of three. That changed when Carrick Michael Goyer was born many weeks too early in June. Our son […]

Yearning for connection after miscarriage

October 15 is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. For more information on grief and healing, visit Hand to Hold’s bereavement resources.  I have never liked visions of heaven that have it be a separate place, a place where we float as souls disconnected from our bodies. You know, the halo, the harp and the clouds? […]