Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Comforting Moment: Grieving is a Natural Process

I really like this quote about the grieving process. It is a good way to explain to NICU Parents that grief is a normal, natural process. It is a normal response to an abnormal event.

No one wou
ld argue that having a child in the NICU is an abnormal event.

Grieving is as natural as
crying when you are hurt,
sleeping when you are tired,
eating when you are hungry,
or sneezing when your nose itches.

It’s nature’s way
of healing a broken heart.
Doug Manning

Quote Source: Don't Take My Grief Away
This helpful quote comes from Doug Manning's Book, Don't Take My Grief Away: What to Do When You Lose a Loved One available on Amazon.

Manning also reminds readers that
"Grief is not an enemy; it is a friend. It is the natural process of walking through the hurt and growing through the walk."

These simple expressions help remind us that Grief is a normal response.

In this book Manning takes the reader through all the emotions and experiences that accompany the death of a loved one.

Image Source: Don Wright. Broken Hearts. Creative Commons. Some Rights Reserved.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

The Violet Heart Collection - A Way to Acknowledge Your Heart is Crying

Violets emerge after the long dark winter to announce the beginning of spring;
these unassuming flowers represent rebirth, renewal and hope.
Kirsti A. Dyer MD, MS
What is the Violet Heart?
The Violet Heart™ image "grew" emerging like flowers in the spring after a long winter...out of my professional experiences with grief and loss and my personal unexpected NICU experience with my youngest daughter who was hospitalized soon after her birth in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with a life-threatening condition.

I'd wanted something to wear when my daughter was in the NICU, an indicator that I was holding her in my thoughts and grieving the loss of not having her home with me. The Violet Heart Pins and other gift items grew out of that desire to express my love for my daughter.

The Violet Heart™
design combines the courage of the Purple Heart, the tears shed by a sorrowful spirit, the healing nature of the color violet with the hope of spring violets to represent courage, healing & hope. It is a simple way of revealing behind the smile, inside a heart that is crying.

What is the Violet Heart Collection™?
The Violet Heart Collection features pins, items and gifts designed for people facing a life changing event and to recognize that someone is experiencing a challenge or transition.

Violet Heart Pins
The Violet Heart cloisonné pin can be given to express heartfelt sympathies during challenging times, to acknowledge the courage of those facing a significant life challenge or to recognize a current or past challenge.

Both versions of the Violet Heart Pin have the quote describing the Violet Heart:
A simple way of revealing behind the smile,
inside a heart is crying.
Several other cloisonné pin are available. These pins measure between 5/8 and 7/8 of an inch and come attractively displayed on a 2 x 3 1/2 inch card and are available through PayPal for $5.99 plus 2.50 Shipping and Handling.

Find out more about the Violet Heart Collection at the Violet Heart website. To order see the Squidoo pages created for the Violet Heart Collection:
Photo Source: Louise Docker. Violets. Royalty Free Use.