Posts tagged "grief"

Using Harry Potter To Tell An Adoptee The Harder Parts of Her Story

Using Harry Potter To Tell An Adoptee The Harder Parts of Her Story
Next weekend, I am taking my almost-twelve-year-old daughter to visit her birthmother, brother and sister. Up until now, the annual reunions have had a single goal: spend time together in a fun environment. We eat at casual family restaurants, swim in the hotel pool, attend museums and movies, and generally hang out. During these visits,... Read more »

Today is Donna Day! Remembering a 4-yr-old bright light.

Today is Donna Day! I think about Donna all the time.  Perhaps it is because I am on the third round of raising a four-year-old girl, and Donna was a four-year-old girl when she died of a rare brain tumor called a papillary meningioma. I think about my now four-year-old, Cleo, and it is incomprehensible... Read more »

Adoption: Hurtful Words Said To Us In A Time Of Grief Can Sear The Heart

Adoption: Hurtful Words Said To Us In A Time Of Grief Can Sear The Heart
In honor of November being National Adoption Awareness Month, Portrait of an Adoption is hosting the fourth annual acclaimed series, 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days.  Designed to give a voice to the many different perspectives of adoption, this series will feature guest posts by people with widely varying experiences.  By Rebecca Vahle Many hospitals... Read more »
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Can Someone Be Your Father When He Doesn't Know You Exist?

Can Someone Be Your Father When He Doesn't Know You Exist?
In honor of November being National Adoption Awareness Month, Portrait of an Adoption is hosting the fourth annual acclaimed series, 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days.  Designed to give a voice to the many different perspectives of adoption, this series will feature guest posts by people with widely varying experiences.  By Stephanie Goss Hlavin I... Read more »

Rosh Hashanah: Questioning faith and searching for answers

Rosh Hashanah and I have a complicated relationship.  To be honest, I struggle with the entirety of the High Holy Days, which is not common for a practicing Jew.  It hasn’t always been this way.  I can pinpoint exactly when I lost my faith, so to speak. It began in Rosh Hashanah of the Hebrew... Read more »

My Mother Never Gave Up

In honor of November being National Adoption Awareness Month, Portrait of an Adoption is hosting the third annual acclaimed series, 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days.  Designed to give a voice to the many different perspectives of adoption, this series will feature guest posts by people with widely varying experiences. My Mother Never Gave Up... Read more »
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Oklahoma Tornado: How to Help TODAY

Oklahoma Tornado: How to Help TODAY
I couldn’t sleep.  I listened to the rain slapping onto our skylights and watched the flashes of lightning, and I felt an overwhelming sense of anxiety.  Nature is just so much bigger than we are. Images of the devastation from Oklahoma kept me awake.  I looked up at my ceiling and tried to imagine what... Read more »

Adoption Retrospective, Ten Years Later: Life is Pain, Highness

Adoption Retrospective, Ten Years Later: Life is Pain, Highness
It has been ten years since we began our adoption journey.  In honor of the passing of time, I will be publishing one post each month in 2013 that reflects on our lives in 2003. Please read the January, 2003 post , February, 2003 Post, and March, 2003 Post. It is April 26, 2003.  Andrew’s... Read more »

A Survivor of Childhood Sexual Assault Speaks Out and Offers Advice

A Survivor of Childhood Sexual Assault Speaks Out and Offers Advice
Attention readers: The following guest post contains intense imagery and is being featured because April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  If you have been the victim of a sexual assault, this post may be triggering or unusually difficult for you to read, so please be aware before proceeding. By Misty Kay Campbell It has been... Read more »
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Where Passover Meets Tragedy: The Secret Pain for Some Jewish Families

I remember doing the Passover Seder with family and friends ever since I was a very young child.  Each year, when we reached the part in the Seder where we recited the ten plagues, I dutifully dipped a finger in my glass of grape juice and touched my plate ten times, one for each plague. ... Read more »