She lived

My daughter died
One cold day in winter,
She drifted off into an unending sleep
She struggled for a day, maybe two,
Trying to unwind herself from the cord tightening around her,
I never knew she was in trouble
But I know she tried to get free
she couldnt 
She was a baby
So listening to my heartbeat,
She died
In the place she knew as home
In her safe place she fell asleep forever
I met her sleeping
I never heard her cry
I never felt her fingers wrap around mine
Now I search for her in the stars above me
I call out to her in my dreams
I stare at the sunset and imagine her staring back at me
My daughter died world
And she took a part of me with her
A part that was always hers
She died, yes,
But more importantly she lived

Capture your grief Day 13: Season

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The winter will always remind me of you, as the cold touched my skin this first year without you, I remember June and July, waiting in anticipation for your arrival, having to say goodbye, sitting under the winter sun in those weeks that followed. It felt right that the whole world was cold with me. You were born and left one cold winter day. I found out before the sun was high in the sky. Winter as cold as your skin, on the day I last got to touch you. You were conceived in the summer, grew through those hot months and into autumn. We never had Spring together. I always find that to be the most ironic thing. This Spring, these beauties started blooming, they have never bloomed before and the tree they come bloom from was probably chopped down years ago. It is a dry stump and from it these amazing flowers came, a Spring gift from you..

Capture your grief Day 12: Music

DSCN3785Soon after Zia died, a song I heard on the movie Shrek kept ringing in my head. When I listened to it again, I knew why. It was such a beautiful expression of my thoughts and feelings at that time. It’s called “Darling I do” by Landon Pigg. Golden leaves looked brown to me,
The world had less color without you
Shapes in the sky, looked plain to my eye,
The world had less color without you

I know pleny’ of people with eyes closed
They don’t see you like I do
Darling I do

Notes on the keys, meant nothing to me
The world didn’t sing without you
Birds in the trees fell silent for me
The world didn’t sing without you
Without you

I know pleny’ of people with eyes closed
They don’t see you like I do
Darling I do, darling I do see you

I know pleny’ of people with eyes closed
They don’t see you like I
I know pleny’ of people with eyes closed
They don’t see you like I know

Pleny’ of people with eyes closed
They don’t see you like I do
Darling I do, darling I do, darling I do,I do,
Darling I do, darling I do, see you

This is a song I most associate with Zia.

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Capture your grief Day 11: Altar

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DSCN3877We light our candles for Zia and recently baby breeze on a special side table in our home. We light candles there for Brady too, our hopes for health and happiness for him. My husband often lights a lamp and incense which makes the whole experience so much more prayerful and meaningful. We have Zia’s 4d scan picture and other special items that remind us of her on a shelf in our living room and having these items there, makes us feel that much closer to her in this deep absence.

Capture your grief Day 10: Support

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My husband has been my greatest support; I suppose we have been a support to each other, although it isn’t always easy with each of us walking along on our own grief journeys. Having his hand to hold, his chest to cry into and his words to comfort me, has brought me though some really dark times.

Our son, Brady, just five, helps us in so many beautiful ways, the way he remembers her out of the blue and says he misses her. How he has been our reason for living, reason for standing up, waking up, living and dreaming when we never truly thought we would be able to.

My sister in law who has been a pillar of strength and support, acknowledging my daughter as her niece and doing special things for us on those difficult days like buying us flowers and visiting even when we said we were not up for company. She is one of those people who will mention Zia in conversation without being prompted to.

My sister for her kindness and understand when I am in those awful moods. For thinking of us in those months after Zia died and simply being there, no words, just showing she cared.

My mother in law for her messages of kindness, for buying us a gift on Zia’s birthday with her birthstone (ruby). This was such a beautiful and heartfelt gesture.

I think the best that people can do, is not minimize the grief of others. Loss is loss and painful enough without having to defend the significance of your children’s lives to others. People should avoid using those useless cliché phrases which bring no comfort. There should be more support and kindness and understanding shown to grieving parents.
I have also found great support in online communities such as http://www.glowinthewoods.com where these individuals have become so much more than a resource but a community and family.

Capture your grief Day 9: In Memory

RTZI started this blog http://www.mylittlelightzia.wordpress.com shortly after Zia died in her memory. A place where I can capture her story and my own without her. It’s been another method of healing my heart. It has made me stronger than I ever knew I could be. Here I have expressed my lost dreams, my deep love for my child and the longing which is ever present.

I have also been blessed to be able to have her name included in the end credits of the movie “Return to Zero”. Most of all, her memory will live as long as I do, because I am her mother, her storyteller. As a family we light candles to remember her, whispering our love for her.

Capture your grief Day 8: Resource

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In the early days of grief, I sat lonely and in silence, with barely anyone to share with or connect with. An internet search brought up an article which was written by a baby loss mama named Sarah.

There was a link to http://www.glowinthewoods.com and the best decision I ever made was clicking on it. I wrote my story, a snippet of it and I read other stories, beautiful stories, of immense love and loss. I was able to connect with some amazing people, some of whom I call my dear friends, who have been a pillar of strength in my dark hours. I have had parents light candles half way across the world in honor of Zia, and even in honor of baby breeze. I have had another parent walk with her name in her heart, yet another send me a handmade collage of Zinnia’s with a Z on it which sits on a shelf now in my living room. This community has been walking with me this past year and three months and I am so grateful for all of them.