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Parents of lost babies and potential of all kinds: come here to share the technicolour, the vividness, the despair, the heart-broken-open, the compassion we learn for others, having been through this mess — and see it reflected back at you, acknowledged and understood.

Thanks to photographer Xin Li and to artist Stephanie Sicore for their respective illustrations and photos.

for one and all > Dear Glow in the Woods

Dear Glow in the Woods,

I found you four years ago, when the sadness was too heavy to carry,
I sat at my computer and there you were,
You were my lifeline, my fortress,
an because of that I am still here.
My daughter Zia would have been four tomorrow,
16 July hasn't been an easy day,
but every day I am grateful to have share her with you,
I don't think I would have known her as I do, if it wasn't for you,
Thank you for receiving me the way you did.
Thank you for sharing,
Thank you for listening,
On my daughter's fourth birthday, there is no place I would rather be.

Love,
Jo-Anne
July 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJo-Anne
July 16th has just started here, so happy birthday, sweet Zia. Thinking of you! You are loved and missed so much.
July 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterB
Happy Birthday beautiful Zia, thinking of you and all your family
July 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKE
Remembering Zia and her family. Your story, your life, you dear, little girl. Peace to all of you Jo-Anne
July 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJill A.
Happy birthday Zia. Remembering here with you Jo-Ann
July 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterScandinavian endo-girl
Happy Birthday to sweet Zia <3
July 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNada
I'm sorry I'm a day late, but...

Dear Zia, sending love to you and your family for your fourth birthday. x
And dear Jo, sending warm wishes to you friend... it's been a while since I've been in touch, but I often think of you (Zia's dad and brother too)
You were one of the first to welcome me here to glow, when I found it three and a half years ago. I'm so thankful for you, and all those here for the compassion and support that has held me in my darkest times. (Still reading here & feeling connected, though I don't always post.)
Lots of love, and thinking of Zia on this bright sunny day x x
July 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterZ's Mum
Happy Birthday sweet Zia. Holding you and Zia in my thoughts. Many hugs.
July 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJenna
Remembering Zia and thinking of you and your family, Jo-Anne.
July 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSR
Dear Jo-Anne, I am remembering Zia with you! Your writing has helped me through some of my darkest hours. I am glad that you found some support here, too. Sending love, Arav's Mom
July 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterArav's Mom