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Tag: grief recovery

One step at a time…..


by Lindsey Wimmer, RN, MSN, CPNP, CPLC Grief is often described as a ‘journey’ – and I understand why.  My journey with stillbirth began 12 years ago this month.  I’m still not sure what the ‘destination’ is, but I would describe it as a long hike. At the beginning of the hike, I was standing […]



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Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month


by Lindsey Wimmer, RN, MSN, CPNP, CPLC Welcome to October!  In the US, it is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month.  And it is a bittersweet month for me. It is amazing because we have an entire month to hold special events or wear PAIL ribbons and pins.  We have a sense of community […]



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Mother’s Day 2015


A guest blog by Star Legacy Foundation Board Member Shannon Renfro May is my favorite month. In Springtime, flowers are blooming, birds are singing, and there are signs everywhere of new life. It is a wonderful time to celebrate new beginnings and make new memories. It is the month we celebrate Mother’s Day, which honors […]



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Stillbirth – a description, not a diagnosis


This spring, Star Legacy Foundation held our first essay contest! Potential entrants were encouraged to send in an essay explaining what they would like researchers and health care providers to know about their stillbirth experience and what they have learned in their grief. Jackie Sondrol submitted the winning entry. Her essay was printed in the […]



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Somewhere Over The Rainbow…..


by Lindsey Wimmer, RN, MSN, CPNP Some of the most common questions we receive at Star Legacy Foundation deal with prenatal care during a pregnancy after a loss.  Thousands of families every year enter into pregnancies knowing first hand that too many pregnancies don’t have a happy ending.  Their past experiences shattered their sense of […]



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Actions Speak Louder Than Words…..


by Lindsey Wimmer, RN, MSN, CPNP Everybody hates clichés, platitudes, excuses, and empty words.  And if you have had a stillborn child, you have heard plenty of all of the above. These comments may come from our friends, family, health professionals, or even ourselves at times.  We try to make ourselves feel better or to […]



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It Could Be Worse


By Lindsey Wimmer, RN, MSN, CPNP                                              IT.  COULD.  BE.  WORSE. Whenever I hear someone start a sentence with these four little words, I cringe and start to brace myself.  I know I am […]



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The Starfish Story & The Power of One


  Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast beach littered with starfish as […]



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‘Tis the Season…..


by Lindsey Wimmer, RN, MSN, CPNP The local stores have been reminding us for weeks already that the holiday season is upon us.  It is now November – the month we give thanks.  However, for families who have experienced the death of a child, it can be almost impossible to find reasons to be thankful.  […]



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Defining Progress


by Lindsey Wimmer, MSN, CPNP In the first few days after the stillbirth of my son, it seemed incomprehensible that I would ever be able to function without dissolving to tears every time I thought of him – which was every few minutes.  Other people would give me platitudes like, “Time heals all wounds”, and […]



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