International Bereaved Mothers Day was spear-headed by blogger Carly Marie in 2010, after the stillbirth of her son, Christian. Numerous events will take place around the globe, and Alexis herself will be hosting a twitter conversation with the hashtag #stillamom throughout the day. Her blog continues to be a place where bereaved parents can share their experiences, but she hopes that the virtual event will help spark discussion on the impacts of child loss, as well as serve as a way for mothers to break away from the isolation they often feel.
“Many people are at a loss as to what to do or say around this time – as a society we don’t always know how to deal with the grief. So their instinct is to avoid the discussion altogether – which usually makes the person feel so much worse,” says Chute, whose blog, Wanted, Chosen, Planned has become a popular meeting place for those who have experienced the loss of a child.
Through her own grief journey, Alexis realized how much of an impact even the simplest of gestures had when she was negotiating through such a difficult time. So she has also designed a series of free digital cards that can be downloaded and shared.
“The reason for my involvement in the Day is two-fold. I wanted to give the friends and family of the bereaved a way of expressing their love and support, even if virtually. And I wanted to be able to open a dialogue amongst those of us who have lost a child and remind the world that were are still mothers – even if our children have left the earth.”
The downloadable images are available on Alexis’s site:http://wantedchosenplanned.com/
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