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This is a podcast FOR bereaved parents BY bereaved parents. Join your host, Jill Sullivan, as she talks with parents who have lost children of all ages to all types of circumstances. This is a podcast of stories ... stories of devastating loss and grief and heartbreak and struggle ... and stories of hope and healing and faith, and yes, even joy. Underlying every conversation will be the hope we have in Jesus Christ, which makes it possible to not just survive the loss of a child, but to live ...
 
Life After Child Loss is a personal and deep podcast with focus on, not only my journey, but the journey of other parents all over the world who have lost children of various causes and reasons. It's the grief many don't understand and other's aren't willing to talk about. An in depth, uncensored talk about parent's trying to live a life after they lose their child. Walk with me as I take you on my journey of twists, turns, highs and lows of fighting from merely existing to living, but also ...
 
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Connor Deal was a 12-year-old boy with big plans for his life; in fact, he had dreams of being the next George Lucas. He loved his brothers and his mom and dad, and he also loved the Lord. A sudden illness that began with a simple headache rapidly became critical, and he went to Heaven in February of 2009. Today, I talk with his mom, Nan. Nan descr…
 
The story of Jesus calling the disciples to drop their nets and follow Him made me think about some ways we might relate to that story as bereaved parents. I share those thoughts in today's episode. Links related to the While We're Waiting ministry: Our website: www.whilewerewaiting.org Our public Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/whilewearew…
 
Anthony Villaflor was a sensitive and thoughtful young man who loved others well. The murder of his father when he was a young teen caused him to seek God, which ultimately led his mom, Erica, to a relationship with the Lord as well. In the spring of 2014, Anthony went to sleep and didn't wake up due to an accidental drug overdose. In today's episo…
 
As bereaved parents, we know that some dates will be difficult -- Christmas, our child's birthday or Heaven Day, Mother's Day and Father's Day -- but we are often completely caught off guard by how difficult it is to turn the calendar to a new year for the first time after our child goes to Heaven. Today, Jill reprises a previous episode and shares…
 
Today's bonus episode offers just a brief word of encouragement as we step into Christmas this weekend. Hope may not be cheap ... But, thank God, it is free! For more information about the While We're Waiting ministry and the free retreats we offer for bereaved parents, please click HERE. To make a tax-deductible year-end donation to the While We'r…
 
When her daughter Lauren went to Heaven in 2011 after bravely battling an aggressive cancer, Lisa Crook found herself on a journey she never would chosen. As we pick up our conversation today from where we left off last week, we discuss a wide range of issues faced by bereaved parents and share some very practical advice for life after child loss. …
 
Lauren Crook was a remarkable young woman with dreams of graduating from Ouachita Baptist University and becoming a speech-language pathologist. She was well on her way to accomplishing her goals when a simple runny nose led to a devastating diagnosis. Growing up in a Christian home and never experiencing much adversity in her life, Lauren had pray…
 
After the death of her 5-year-old daughter Lydia in a car accident, there was a period of time when Daphne Greer felt so much guilt she could not even look at herself in the mirror. In this second part of our interview, she talks about working through that guilt with God's help, dealing with the holidays, and developing a habit of gratitude. Click …
 
"Spunky and vibrant" are the words Lydia's mom, Daphne Greer, uses to describe her. She loved shopping, going to concerts, and creating art. Life changed in the blink of an eye in the summer of 2008 when a car accident took 5-year-old Lydia to Heaven, leaving Daphne riddled with guilt and feeling as though her life was over. Over time, as God began…
 
Greg and Paula Roberts have two children in Heaven ... their daughter, Kaitlyn, who was stillborn in 1992, and their son, Matt, who drowned in 2009. I hope you’ll listen in as they share their stories and talk about the impact these losses have had on their lives and the lives of others. Then we’ll dig a little deeper into some advice for newly-ber…
 
In today's episode, Jill takes a fresh look at Isaiah 40:31 through the eyes of a bereaved parent ... and why it makes sense that we go from flying, to running, to walking. For more information about the While We're Waiting ministry and the free retreats we offer for bereaved parents, please click HERE. To make a tax-deductible donation to the Whil…
 
In today's episode, Jill talks with Carol Mathus, the stepmom of Danny, a young man with a passion for cycling and a contagious laugh. With great honesty and transparency, Carol shares about her crisis of faith after Danny's death, dealing with grief as a stepparent, surviving the holidays, and the ministry that has come from her experience with ch…
 
It's hard to celebrate a birthday when the guest of honor is absent. This past week, my daughter Hannah would have turned 30 years old. Today's episode is my reflection on that milestone, and a reminder that though she was absent for this special day, I can praise God that she is not lost. For information about the While We're Waiting ministry and …
 
Continuing our recognition of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, today's episode includes the second half of my conversation with Hattie Grace's mom and dad, Bryan and Brandy Davis. Today's chat builds upon last week's episode, as we discuss some very practical issues faced by those who have lost infants, dealing with triggers, and some of …
 
October has been designated as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. One in four families will lose a baby during pregnancy, delivery, or infancy. Bryan and Brandy Davis became one of those families in January of 2018. Their sweet Hattie Grace was diagnosed with Trisomy 18 while in the womb, and the Davises had ten precious hours with her befo…
 
In today's episode, Jill goes a little deeper with Tristan's parents, Todd & Melissa Shaffer, as they discuss issues specifically related to suicide loss and spend some time talking about some of Melissa's most popular blog posts. Be sure and listen to Part One of our conversation to hear more about their remarkable son Tristan. You can find Meliss…
 
My conversation today is with Tristan’s mom and dad, Todd and Melissa Shaffer. In this first half of our discussion, they share the story of their "Sunshine Boy", and the shadow that gradually began to move across his face … ultimately leading to him taking his own life in their garage. They describe their efforts to seek help for him and the peace…
 
Miss Havisham, a character in the book "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens, was jilted on her wedding day at precisely 9:20 am, and for her, everything stopped at that moment. She spent the rest of her life sitting at her dressing table in her wedding dress, one shoe on and one shoe off, with her wedding cake moldering beside her. In today's ep…
 
Today I’m pleased to bring you the second half of my conversation with Millie’s mom, Courtney Mount. If you missed last week’s episode, I encourage you to go back and listen to it to hear the story of sweet and sassy Amelia Joy who was carried home to Heaven by neuroblastoma cancer in July of 2020 … You really don’t want to miss that! Today’s episo…
 
Over 15,000 children are diagnosed with cancer every year in the United States. In June of 2019, Courtney Mount's 2-year-old daughter Millie was one of those kids. As Millie battled her cancer with simple faith and sass, her mom and dad prayed, "Lord, please heal her and allow her to tell Your goodness with her own lips, but if You don't, we will t…
 
When a parent has lost a child, the thought of shouldering that burden of grief for a lifetime can be completely overwhelming ... even debilitating. In today's episode, Jill shares an article written by Tim Challies that reminds us we don't have to carry the entire weight of grief all at once, but rather we can carry it brick by brick until the Lor…
 
Listen in for the second half of Jill's conversation with Teresa Davis about her son Andrew and the incident that took him home to Heaven in the fall of 2018. Make sure you go back and listen to the first half of our chat in which we discuss how God allowed her to lament through the first 37 chapters of Job ... and then met her there in her darknes…
 
This is the first half of Jill's conversation with Teresa Davis about her son Andrew and the incident that took him home to Heaven in the fall of 2018. After his death, Teresa, who has known and loved the Lord for many years, went to a very dark place from which she thought might never recover. Listen in to hear how God led her to lament through th…
 
So much of the battle in grief is spiritual in nature. As the years have passed, I've found that the times I really find myself in a deep, dark place about Hannah's death, it's because I've allowed Satan to get a foothold in my head and in my heart, and he's "stealing my stuff" again. It's at times like this that I have to remember what I know ...…
 
Today's episode is the second half of Jill's conversation with Corrie Andrews, mom of Sadie Grace, who stepped into the arms of Jesus as a result of a tragic incident at a local ice cream shop in 2017. Listen in for a discussion of some very practical issues faced by grieving parents, including coping with "grief brain", dealing with the grief of y…
 
Three-year-old Sadie was a precious little girl who spread sunshine and cheer everywhere she went. When she stepped into the arms of Jesus as a result of a tragic incident at a local ice cream shop, her parents and five young siblings were suddenly launched into a journey of grief. Today's episode includes the first half of Jill's conversation with…
 
When the 19-year-old daughter of Jim and Carol Smitherman fell critically ill with a pulmonary embolism days before Christmas in 2011, they began to pray for a miracle. After that earthly miracle didn't happen and Sarah went to Heaven, they realized they had actually received a different kind of miracle, an even more powerful one. For more informat…
 
If you've ever wondered what our While We're Waiting Weekends for Bereaved Parents are all about but were a little hesitant to look into them, this is your episode! Jill takes a few minutes today to share what a WWW Weekend is, who can come, where they are held, who leads them, and what our guests do while they're there. Ultimately, she reminds the…
 
When her 3-year-old son Austin was diagnosed with strep throat on a Tuesday morning in the spring of 2008, Kim Erickson had no idea how her life was about to change. Austin's unexpected Homegoing just a few days later launched her on a journey of deep sorrow, but also led her to new life in Christ. Kim has compiled her experiences as a grieving mom…
 
When her 3-year-old son Austin was diagnosed with strep throat on a Tuesday morning in the spring of 2008, Kim Erickson had no idea how her life was about to change. Austin's unexpected Homegoing just a few days later launched her on a journey of deep sorrow, but also led her to new life in Christ. Kim has compiled her experiences as a grieving mom…
 
In today's episode, Jill introduces her listeners to a goat named Knothead who spends his days lying around a barnyard ruminating, shares what God's Word has to say about ruminating, and discusses what all this has to do with us as bereaved parents. For more information about the While We're Waiting ministry and the faith-based services we offer fo…
 
Today Jill is joined by her husband Brad to talk specifically about issues faced by bereaved dads. Brad shares some encouraging words about the gift of earthly fatherhood, the fact that we are still our kids' parents even after they go to Heaven, and that the future glory of fatherhood remains ahead of us. For more information about our While We're…
 
Matt Young was a young man who loved the Lord and was mature beyond his years. He wanted to be a firefighter from the time he was a little boy, and he accomplished that dream and served his community faithfully for eight years. He married the love of his life and maintained a close and loving relationship with his parents and sisters. When he sudde…
 
The fifth chapter of John tells of an encounter between Jesus and a man who had been unable to walk for 38 years. Jesus asked the man a strange question: "Do you want to be healed?" Of course he did ... but he was unable to attain healing on his own. Jesus asked the man to take an action he was clearly incapable of ... and in that moment, He gave t…
 
Michael Ellis was a compassionate, tenderhearted young man who lived "all in" for Jesus. In today's episode Jill talks with Michael's mom and dad, Sean and Heather Ellis, about their son's ATV accident that broke them to the core and the faithfulness and presence of God in the aftermath. They remind us that the more we're broken, the more we can ex…
 
In today's episode, Jill shares what she imagines it might be like when she gets to Heaven and sees her daughter Hannah again. For more information about the While We're Waiting ministry and the free retreats for bereaved parents we offer around the country, click HERE. To make a tax-deductible donation to the While We're Waiting ministry, click HE…
 
Josh King was the kind of friend everyone wants to have. He loved kids, he loved playing the guitar, and he loved singing, even though his mom affectionately describes him as "tone deaf". He battled anxiety and depression due to some challenging circumstances which ultimately culminated in him taking his own life in April of 2017. Join Jill for a c…
 
Mother's Day can be one of the hardest days of the year for a bereaved mom. What used to be a quiet holiday set aside to recognize and honor the mothers in our lives has become an overly commercialized nearly month-long event. It's inescapable! And the cheerful cries of "Happy Mother's Day!" can be brutal to a hurting mom's heart. In today's episod…
 
Today's conversation is surprisingly encouraging, even though Don and Patsy Akin have experienced the loss of all three of their sons ... one to murder, one to illness, and one to an accident. Our discussion ranges from issues of Don's alcoholism, to anger, to forgiveness, to the restoration of joy, to learning to live life with an open palm. For m…
 
Arlo and Capri Weiskopf are the parents of four children, including Amoss, who went to Heaven nearly fifteen years ago as a result of a tragic accident in the driveway of their home. Their story will speak to any parent who has felt they bear some responsibility for the death of their child. In our conversation, you will hear deep desperation, grac…
 
Bereaved parents tend to be "keepers" ... keepers of time, keepers of lists, and keepers of our child's legacy. But all that keeping can sometimes make us grow weary. Thankfully, God also takes on the role of "keeper", and in today's episode, Jill shares some ways He keeps those who grieve close to His heart. For more information about the While We…
 
One of the most common topics that arises during our While We’re Waiting Weekends for Bereaved Parents is how we as bereaved parents can help our surviving children. When we are grieving so deeply ourselves, we can feel very ill-equipped to parent our children through their grief. Surviving siblings deal with a whole host of issues that we as their…
 
For those of us who have experienced child loss, life hasn't turned out like we planned. We face great disappointment and overwhelming sorrow. Like Job, we may feel abandoned and alone. But we have hope because we have a living Redeemer! For more information about the While We're Waiting ministry and the free retreats we host for bereaved parents, …
 
In this episode we go over the Stages of Grief. We will go through these stages multiple times in no particular order. Grief is difficult and once we recognize the stages it makes it somewhat easier to direct our emotions at that moment.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/lifeafterchildloss/message…
 
The loss of a child can leave us feeling very alone ... like time has marched on and left us behind, like we've grown old before our time, like we'll never have joy again, like our opportunity to make good memories is gone forever, like the sun has set on our lives ... like even God has abandoned us. Today Jill shares some encouragement for those t…
 
When Kristin Naylor walked into her OB appointment three days before her scheduled C-section, she did not know that her precious daughter Abby was already in the arms of Jesus. In today's episode, Jill talks with Kristin and her husband Dan about life after stillbirth, pregnancy after loss, the immense value of a life no matter how brief, and holdi…
 
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