Holidays can be one of the most difficult times for those who have lost a loved one. This is especially true in the first year following their death. When that loved one is a child, it goes beyond the physical loss to the loss of your hopes and dreams. The loss of the way you envisioned the holidays would be for your family with your child present, through the years as they grew. Their absence is painfully obvious, year after year.
Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Blog. Here I will post information, thoughts, and helpful insights and resources for coping with the death of a child or loved one.
Even though Out of the Darkness is a book aimed at bereaved parents, family, friends, and those who support them, it's really a resource for anyone touched by the death of a child of any age. Those who lose adult children are just as deeply affected as those who lose a young child. The reality is everyone knows someone who has lost a child, you just may not be aware of it.
My hope is that this is a place where you can come for information, support, and resources. A place where questions can be answered and your heart helped toward healing.
Whatever led you to this website and wherever you are in your grief journey, I welcome you. Thank you for stopping by and taking care of you or someone you love.