Letter from the Editor, February 2002
By Kara L.C. Jones

The theme this month seems to be "Shake Things Up!" From my warning about WebMD to the straight-forward movement of the National Stillbirth Society, we are just full of information and inspiration for what you can do with the anger and the sense of mission that often comes along with the grief-beast.

Richard Olsen tells us the truth about stillbirth in the U.S. and how much research and inquiry is needed in order to make things happen. He offers thru the National Stillbirth Society an angel pin and a Stamp Out SADS! stamper that can be used on all your outgoing mail to raise awareness about SADS (sudden antenatal death syndrome-- commonly known as stillbirth).

Linda Shepard tells us the truth about mercury and other things that your dentist and local water authority might not want you to know. This is a story of how mercury affects our children and their lives or deaths! There is a bit of information to shed some light on the question of vaccines-- YES, I said question. Investigate it yourself before you just swallow everything your doctors tell you.

Floria Kelderhouse offers some great insights in her poem this month. This one is addressed to those friends and family who are so sure they are being helpful to bereaved parents when in reality that "help" is hurting the bereaved hearts even further. READ this and think twice before you open your mouth to be "helpful" to a bereaved parent next time.

And I've written a few pieces this issue, too. One about the unreliablity of the information I discovered at WebMD. Another is a review of articles online that ARE helpful and reliable. I'm also offering a bit of reading and writing therapy this issue in the "How Quotes & Questions Heal" article. Hope you find something in there to inspire you. And finally, we are going to once again offer the link to the KUOW radio interview we did several months ago. Since the interview is available for on-demand listening on the net, we are finding that people are finding us even all these months later. So maybe there are a few of you who haven't heard it yet.

Hope the reading here is helpful in some small way. Our hearts are with you as you grieve and heal. And many miracles to you!

This page is dedicated to Dakota
Born and died March 11, 1999


Author Biography
Kara's son Dakota was born still March 11, 1999 at 4:47pm. Since that day when her heart shattered into a million pieces, she has done hard work to create a legacy for her son. She and her husband founded KotaPress. She has written and published several grief and healing books such as "Flash Of Life," "Mrs. Duck and The Woman," and "Father Son Holy Ghost." She now most enjoys facilitating writing workshops where healing and process are top of mind and heart. If you wish to contact her, please send email to editor@kotapress.com

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