My name is Isabella and I lost my mom, in May of 2019 towards the end of my freshman year of high school. She had battled cancer for almost ten years and was the light of my life.
My mom was my light in all the darkness, she inspired me and became my hero. I have never felt so lost in my life. It felt as if a piece of me died along with her. My mom inspired me and became my hero. Her legacy and love live on through my brothers, my dad, myself, and even my dog.
Why she had to die? I don't know, and I'll probably never have an answer, but I know that she would want for my brothers and me to make the best out of life.
Today the pain inside me has eased a bit, and I'm able to see my mom smile in the mirror. I hear her words through my dad, and I see her teachings in my brothers. Her love lives within the countless people she touched with her compassion and courage".
I am one of the co-authors of ICAN, a workbook for grieving teenagers. Working on the book is a way for me to help others suffering and feel lost in "grief land." More about ICAN.
Julia Morin is a childhood grief survivor, having lost her mother very suddenly and tragically at eight years old. She is fiercely passionate about ending the stigma around grief and loss -- especially in childhood -- as she continues to navigate the various manifestations of this significant childhood loss, and related trauma, in her adult life.
She is also a passionate advocate for mental health awareness and minimizing the stigma associated with mental health disorders and struggles -- something that many survivors of childhood loss and grief are eventually faced with in some form.
Julia is a writer, a singer & music lover, a wife, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, and a friend, residing in New Hampshire with her husband and three rescue pets.
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14 years ago, Jenna lost her brother at the age of 21 to a fatal car accident, and almost 9 years ago she lost her father to stage 4 melanoma. The emotional rollercoaster ride is a ride that no one should ever have to go through alone. Jenna is now passionate about supporting the younger generations and future generations ahead with how to cope with grief. It is such a crucial part of growth and there is no manual, but there IS support.
“Grief is like the ocean; it comes in waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.” - Vicki Harrison