Child Loss Resources

Belonging is something we all look for in life. A sense of community can be found in many different forms. Whether it is connecting with others in your area, classmates in your class, or people who have experienced an aspect of life you can connect to. With media now, that community is more accessible. I have found a community that I would rather not be a part of.

My story is that at 38 weeks pregnant, I went into my OBGYN appointment. Everything was perfect with my son, Myles. The ultrasound tech even looked at me and said “has anyone ever told you that he is pretty big” as she scanned my over the 99th percentile son weighing close to nine pounds. I was planning to be induced a week later. The next day, my very active son hadn’t been moving. I sat with my ice water, I ate clementines, I threw back several mini snickers trying to get him to move. All the tricks that had worked before. My husband and I went in thinking maybe I was just getting ready to deliver. Our worlds collapsed as a heartbeat was not found. Feeling lost, angry, devastated, and other feelings words cannot describe with the pain I continue to feel and will always fee with losing my child.

In search of something I came across an instagram page, ​​@the_worstgirlgang_ever. A page that posts others stories with child loss. Connects women to feel not so alone in an extremely isolating tragedy. They provide the statistics, they provide resources, they provide that sense of community.

This resource also connected me to another foundation that works to create the community for those going through the unimaginable. Both resources work in helping to connect women to tools that can help in the reality that our child has died and what can we do to help living with this grief until we meet again with our children.

What is being shown here is the multiple outlets I have been able to find to help me in honoring my son and connecting with other women. These communities go beyond the connection with the resources and research that they do. If you find yourself faced with tragedy in your life, there will be a community of others nearby. It will not fix your situation but it can make you feel not so alone.

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