I spent eight years as a photographer. For eight years I watched couples and families during their most joyous times of their lives. Weddings, anniversaries, births of their children, milestone moments like birthday parties, graduations, family photo sessions, gender reveals, and more. And while I loved so much of that work I remember thinking many… Continue reading Capturing the Beauty in Life–Even in Death
In 2006 my father-in-law, William F. Mongan, who was affectionately called Bill, was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Despite being 82 years old, the family was devastated. It came on the coat-tails of Bill losing his beloved wife, Fran, who he adored. During her battle with ovarian cancer, Bill willingly took on the role… Continue reading Treasure the Moments
I’ve had the feeling myself and I’ve heard it expressed among a lot of friends. “Where is the Church during …?” At the most difficult or the most profound moments of our lives, we want…something. Something official that shows that these huge and life-altering moments are recognized by the body of Christ. We want… Continue reading Where is the Church in Pregnancy, Miscarriage, and Birth?
Losing our baby ripped my world apart and it felt like it would never, ever be quite right again. In the years since I’ve realized that while the grief lessened and the wound healed, the life – and loss – of that baby changed me forever.
We are far from where we need to be but the movement has been growing for years and is finally making some headway in mainstream birth. But just as it is true that mothers have the right to a dignified birth and true evidence based care, they also have a right to that when it comes to miscarriage.
Did you ever think that you were Super Mom? As a mom of many close-together children, it was an easy fantasy for me to fall into. As a young mom, I would set my goals high, “burn the candle at both ends,” and “never say die.” After a while the Super Mom fantasy took… Continue reading Super Mom Meets Ordinary Mom
What if these little ones we grieve still can work good upon this earth?