Child loss

A faded photo of Jessica sitting on the floor playing a game using an iPad

Living with child loss: Fading memories

The other day, I was having a little bit of a battle with Sophie over her home learning. Just one of those ordinary everyday moments of family life. Not something…

A cartoon image of one woman comforting another

Living with child loss: Helpful and unhelpful responses to grief

Grief is something that many people struggle to know how to react to. When someone you know loses someone they love, it can be hard to know what to do…

Jessica on a rocking black swan

#givejoyforjessica on 14 April in memory of a little girl with a special heart

On 14 April, it will be four years since Jessica died. It feels hard to believe that we have lived through four years without our beautiful girl. Jessica spread so…

A decoration of a heart with 'Jessica' on it backed with angel wings on a Christmas tree

Grief and life after Jessica: coping with Christmas

Christmas can be a tough time of year to navigate, especially as a bereaved parent. It feels like there is a lot of pressure to be happy at this time…

Jessica's birthday cake - a round cake iced with aqua buttercream with three fondant dragonflies, a green fondant lilypad and the words "Jessica" and "10" in chocolate writing

To Jessica on your tenth birthday

Darling Jessica, Today is your tenth birthday. It is ten years since you entered the world, bringing joy with you from the moment you arrived. That moment when I heard…

A smiley Jessica sitting in a tree

Keeping their memory alive – raising awareness of child loss

Today is National Bereaved Parents Day which aims to raise awareness of all parents who have lost a child of any age, and from any circumstance. The theme this year…

A card with a blue butterfly; a vase with Jessica's photo on full of pink and purple flowers, a wooden carving of Jessica and a photo of her on my piano

Grief and life after Jessica: Three years on – evolving grief

Here we are, three years on from the worst day of our lives. Three years of having to live without Jessica. If the last couple of years are anything to…

A very smiley Jessica on the rocking horse at the park

#givejoyforjessica – spread a smile on 14 April in memory of a little girl with a special heart

Next Wednesday (14 April) is the third anniversary of Jessica’s death. For the last two years, we have focused on this being a day to #givejoyforjessica; a day to do…

Jessica's memorial at her forever bed with a vase of orange, yellow and white roses

Grief and life after Jessica: Don’t tell me how to feel

We’re coming up to the third anniversary of Jessica’s death. This time of year is a tough one. This time three years ago, Jessica was already struggling with the viruses…

The wooden carving of Jessica at her forever bed with yellow roses and goldenrod in a wooden vase behind her

Grief and life without Jessica: learning to live with grief

Grief has become part of my life now. It’s a constant presence in our everyday lives. Sometimes grief sits quietly in the background and we are almost able to forget…