A few days ago I sat down in front of my laptop with five minutes to spare, with the intention of filming one of my snarky vlogs as a response to a prompt from Mama Kat. The challenge was to push “random” on my iTunes and talk about the first song that plays. Since I have such an eclectic selection of music ranging from the LA Dream Team to Janis Joplin, from Broadway show tunes to Justin Timberlake, I anticipated it landing on an upbeat song for me to discuss in my usual wack-job way. Much to my surprise a very meaningful and poignant song that reminds me of my father surfaced and my vlog that I intended on making brief and highliarious, turned into an emotional jaunt down memory lane with my dad.
It’s amazing how quickly memories can come flooding back with just a few notes of a song. Goes to show that no matter how much time passes, those feelings of loss and mourning lay waiting to pounce with the least amount of warning.
This sappy vlog of mine is a perfect segue into something I’m working on with a fellow blogger, Jessica Watson of Four Plus an Angel. Jessica emailed me a few weeks ago about coming together to help others who might be grieving this time of year. She lost a child while in the NICU, shortly after birth a years ago, one of triplets, and has since become very well known in the blogging community for the beauty and pain she portrays in her posts about her beloved Hadley.
I loved her idea of a virtual coming together to help others who are grieving, so we joined forces, spoke with a few other bloggers who have also had their share of grief in one way or another, and came up with a social media campaign called #hugsfortheholidays. Consider it a virtual hug for those of us who, despite the holly and jolly of the season, still have heavy hearts and a painful emptiness.
We want to make sure no one is grieving alone this holiday season so we invite you to share your story with us. On Wednesday, December 19th, we will have multiple link-ups on the sites below, where you can comment and/or link up a post you have written, according to the type of loss with which you are dealing.
You can link up anything you would like to share about your lost love one: a link to a Facebook photo/post, a blog post about a particular memory, a Pinterest pin sharing how you cope, whatever you would like others to read or see. If you are not a blogger, you can write your memory in the comments of the blog.
If you have had a miscarriage, stillbirth or lost an infant link here: fourplusanangel.com
If you have lost your mom link here: sandiegomomma.com
Your sibling link here: myinnerchick.com
A child link here: aninchofgray.blogspot.com
A friend link here: kimtracyprince.com
We have also created a special #HugsfortheHolidays Pinterest board so check it out for tips on dealing with grief and some inspiration to help ease the pain during this season. If you have a specific link you’d like shared on the board between now and December 19th please include it in the comments below.
Please remember to visit a few other blog posts on this special day to help spread the love around to others. Our goal is that no one feels like they are suffering alone this holiday season.
Sending love and light!