Updates at StillFathers.org
by Kara L.C. Jones

Peter Drury has been running the StillFathers organization since the death of his daughter Devon. He offers so much at StillFathers.org including essays about how to handle hurtful comments, how people grieve differently, the questioning of our beliefs after the death of a child, and more. Peter offers support via the web or in person, and he has kept in touch with us along the way over these past few years to let us know about updates to the StillFathers.org website.

It was great to get a note from him last week saying that StillFathers.org is now hosting discussion boards. There are boards for moms, dads, grandparents, friends, professionals, and recent loss. All boards are moderated by Peter, so it will be a safe space to share and reach out to one another.

I will offer one note that is part of my soapbox:
Please don't feel that you are not free to read and post in all the boards. While there are some separations made here by gender and generation, the only way we get rid of segregation is to cross the lines and understand the "other." The only way we can understand how we all, as *people*, grieve differently, is to cross the bridge to one another and be careful, considerate listeners. And then hopefully, the "others" will return that careful consideration and hear your story, too.

Check out Peter's work at StillFathers and then connect with him about your own story and with your own questions. He's done amazing work with StillFathers in memory of Devon.


Author Biography
Kara lives on Vashon Island which is a much more awesome place than she ever imagined it would be. She is a poet, bookmaker, wife, teacher, mother to a stillborn son, facilitator, receptionist, founder, struggling p.t.barnum, turtle faithful, editor, artist, and a million other things that will prevent you from putting her in any one particular label box! Kara teaches through local art centers, artists in the schools programs, KotaPress and independently. To find out more about her, see:


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