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Paying it forward this Mother’s Day

Like many who have lost a child, I struggle a lot with Mother’s Day.

I am a mother, but I do not have my child. I don’t feel much like celebrating on a day like this. All I want is to be able to spend time with my daughter and there’s no way to make that happen. So instead, I’m working to help others navigate through their grief.

This Mother’s Day, I’ll “celebrate” by assisting those who have recently lost a child. I can empathize with their heartache and the emptiness they might feel on a day such as this. I can’t change the past for any of us but I can help make the future just a tiny bit better from one bereaved mother to another. This is our day too, maybe not in the way we envisioned it but in this new reality.

I’ll spend this weekend assembling Comfort Kits to be sent to women all across the country who are hurting from the loss of a child. It’s my way of healing, honoring my child, and paying it forward. Over the last few days Through the Heart has received generous monetary and product donations from those who recognize that not every mother will enjoy Mother’s Day this year. Together we are making a difference.

If you’ve lost a child then Mother’s Day can make you feel a lot of things. Sadness. Anger. Love.  We might not all feel the same thing, but we all feel something.

I hope you find a way to celebrate Mother’s Day in your own personal way.

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Karen Kelly

Hello! I'm Karen Kelly, co-founder of Through the Heart. My journey started in 2013 when I lost my daughter at 20 weeks into my pregnancy. I experienced 2 more losses along the way and have used this blog as an outlet for a lot of random thoughts and emotions. I hope that you find it helpful. Feel free to reach out at kkelly@throughtheheart.org if I can help in any way!

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May 9, 2015 at 1:14 pm

Hugs to you, from someone who completely understands. If I don’t have anything to do this weekend, it’s usually spent wallowing in self pity. I much prefer reaching out to other women who are hurting too.

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