What is Charlotte's Purpose?
My long awaited daughter, Charlotte, was stillborn after nine healthy, happy months of pregnancy. The shock of her death was followed by an endless stream of questions, decisions, and emotions that blindsided me. I had prepared my home, my career, my family and myself for a beautiful lifetime filled with my sweet baby girl. How do I navigate this world that no longer has her in it? How can I make her life and death have purpose? I spoke to other mothers of stillborn babies and read everything that I could find on the subject. I quickly learned how different stillbirth is from a miscarriage or other childhood deaths, yet all three seemed to be lumped together in most grief support resources that I found. While none of these losses are "better" or "worse" than the other, each has a different color of grief and need that deserves acknowledgement. Charlotte's Purpose is a collection of resources, writings, and ideas for mothers, spouses, siblings, and grandparents who have experienced a stillbirth, as well as for those who hope to support families going through such an awful experience. If you have found this site as a bereaved parent, I hope that this collection is helpful as you begin the long process of rebuilding.