Hope is defined as “the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best”. Here at Mommies of Miracles, we are masters of redefining hope for our community who have heard experts from all of the world utter phrases like “not compatible with life”, “lifelong challenges”, “no cure”, “low mortality”, “no hope”, “severe disabilities”, “not able to walk or talk”, “vegetative state”, “rare”, and “terminal”. Often times, our little miracles have proved these experts wrong, renewing hope along the way.

We have collected some of the world’s most beloved poems, essays, quotes, and poignant writings available about this very special life and we welcome you to share these beloved words with anyone who just needs a little hope.

Understanding Grief

Understanding what grief is and how it works can better prepare you to deal with the toll it will take. Many people are familiar with the 5 Stages of Grief by Elisabeth Kubler Ross. Today’s research defines grief as cyclical instead of linear. We don’t just go through the process and then we are fine. We go through the cycle over and over again. Each time we cycle through the stages we may spend more or less time in each stage depending on the situation, but we are not able to grieve and be done. Texas Parent to Parent adapted an article from “Nobody’s perfect – Living & Growing with Children Who Have Special Needs” by Nancy B. Miller on the grief cycle and how it relates to raising a child with special health care needs. I found this article very useful and I have shared it with many other MOMs over the years. (The Four Stages of Adaptation)