Why Birth is a Grieving Experience

I am so excited to announce that Aaron, Ayla and I will be welcoming a new little one into our family later this fall!

While we are so excited and grateful, there is always the part of me that is scared, a little overwhelmed, and a bit nervous about how our lives will change. And that my friends, is the definition of grief.

“The conflicting feelings that come at the end of or change in a familiar pattern of behavior,” is the definition of grief that we use at the Grief Recovery Institute. The reason I love this definition so much is that it helps normalize the large range of emotions that happen even with milestones that are traditionally considered amazing (graduation, marriage, child-birth, retirement, etc.).

What is crazy for me is that I am also giving birth in less than a month to the book I have been working on for the last 3 years or so. In many ways, creating a book is like creating a child and somehow just as scary to me.

Writing a book, besides becoming a mom, has been one of the biggest personal growth journeys of my life. Sharing my thoughts and feelings, opinions and accumulation of knowledge, is quite a vulnerable experience. Like having a baby, it is exciting and scary, overwhelming and thrilling!

2017 is the year of the book and the year we bring baby #2 into our lives. Thank you in advance for all of your love and support!

One Response

  1. Richele

    Excited for all that is being birthed through you, Laura! Appreciate the perspective that grief can accompany all types of changes in our lives, even the most joyful moments.

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