Tag: grief


The Christmas Tablecloth

The Doornink family gathers every (close to) Christmas Eve for our celebration of love and family, and sometimes a little Jesus. We sit around the dining table and enjoy a meal of turkey, swedish sausage, mashed potatoes, corn, stuffing, and rolls. Although my family has been altered in some big ways over the years, this dinner remains comfortingly unchanged. Every…

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On Grief & Grieving

Published on Still Standing: How Active Grieving Saved Me from More Pain

There’s no question that grief is hard. It takes everything you have just to be a human when you’re deep in grief. It’s physical, it’s mental, and it’s tough. The day that I was lying in my hospital bed waiting for my induction to help me push out my stillborn baby boy, Jonah, I made a decision. We had been…

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Life After Loss

Published on Still Standing Magazine: Who will you become?

I’ve been published on Still Standing Magazine for the first time! I’m so excited and humbled to be among such great writers, telling their stories of grief, loss, love, hope, and life. My first post is about our future selves, and how I’m dealing with the sudden change in the way I see my ideal future self. “I’ve been so…

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