Letter from the Editor, February 2003
By Kara L.C. Jones

This posting late-thing is getting to be a regular feature for me. Very sorry, folks. Just too much going on to get back on track, but it's all good -- well, some of it is sad and sucks and I wish that our children just didn't die so there was no need for this work. But we are making progress in raising societal awareness about the responsibility we have to create a world where bereaved parents are offered kind, open-ended, safe space for supporting whatever their lives become after the death of a child.

Point being that, though we are late posting, there is awesome information this issue that I swear is worth the wait. We have a full issue of 14 articles along with the regular features. We've got several creative writing pieces from narrative poetry to short story. We've got informative articles about the latest studies about mortality rates in bereaved parents after the death of a child. We've got a "safe arrival" announcement from one of our regular contributors. *AND* a new "regular feature" called "Library Revolution" which is my collaboration with bereaved parents all over the planet who are calling for every local library to step up and carry a comprehensive collection of bereavement materials! Check it out. Send in your book list suggestions!

Peruse the whole issue. Take your time. Breathe. Know that you are not alone. And, as always, please be in touch if we can be of service in some way.


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


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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