A safe space to find support and honor our angels after the hardest choice- termination of a desired pregnancy for medical reasons.
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Grief Support for Older Siblings
Managing Grief with Older Children
Our daughter was 2.5 when her sister April died. She's had a ton of grief that we've had to help her manage. On this page you'll find information on how she's been impacted by her grief, along with how we've helped her along the way, and useful resources.
I'll continue to update this page, as she's now 4.5 and still has grief that she works through on a daily basis. We all do, and our children deserve some special, focused attention to manage their grief.
After losing her sister April, our daughter Caroline was having a tough time getting to bed. She's had 45 consecutive nights of coming out, throwing fits, and simply not listening to any of the bedtime expectations that she's done her entire life.
These books have been invaluable to us for managing Caroline's grief. She was 2.5 when her sister, April, died. These books helped her tremendously then and she really identified with them. At 4.5 years old she still asks to read these books.
They are both neutral and do not impose religious views. They are written with kids in mind, and both come recommended by a child life specialist at Hopkins.
3 months after April was born and died, Caroline was about to turn 3. She stunned me when she asked the question, "am I going to die tomorrow?" Our almost 3 year old was terrified that, since April had died on her birthday, she would too. It's so amazing how children's minds work.
Our daughter is considered to be a highly sensitive child. This is a trait that has been identified and it puts her on sensory overload all the time. It has put her grief on overload as well. Managing our 5 year old's grief about her dead sister is ridiculously hard, and SO important.
Children’s Books Explaining The Loss of a Baby:
I did it! My project came to life and I created an entire book series written specifically for the termination for medical reasons community. These children’s books are near and dear to my heart. They walk families through what is going to happen using the correct language. You can find all of the books in the series at this link.