Submit Your Child’s Story

Submit your child’s story to be featured in the “Our Children’s Stories” blog section of our website. This blog is an opportunity for moms and dads to share their unique relationship with the child they lost, from the joyous times they spent together to the worst moments of losing the child to the challenges and silver linings that appeared afterwards. All of these words are shared in honor of your child’s life, a life that is still impacting others today by helping other parents understand they are not alone.

Below is an general outline if you’d like to follow it or use it to help you start writing.

Describe the time you were able to spend with your child, from the time the child was in the womb to a few precious minutes on earth to many months or years on earth. Describe the event of losing the child, along with the surrounding circumstances and your feelings/emotions.
Describe the life and love you’ve experienced after your loss.

To see examples of stories written by parents, check out these stories written by Just Enduring’s co-founders.

Jackson’s Smiles (Ben, Jackson’s Dad)
Jackson’s Journey (Lara, Jackson’s Mom)
My Sweet Everly Ann (Martha, Everly’s Mom)
My Time with Everly (Nick, Everly’s Dad)

Our Children’s Stories

Jackson Schmitt, who Love Like Jackson, a 501c3 is named for.

Love Like Jackson

By Carrie Schmitt, Jackson’s Mom

Kyle Mertens Holding His Daughter Ella Mertens

When Loss Changes Everything: Ella’s Story

By Kyle Mertens, Ella’s Dad

Lindsey Hand

Lindsey’s Story

By Lester Hand, Lindsey’s Dad

Sarah holding her son Cam with her husband Isaac

Keeping Cam’s Memory Alive

By Sarah Shields, Cam’s Mom

Betty Holding Her Daughter Ella

Better Because of Ella

By Betty Mertens, Ella’s Mom