Mandy Hitchcock

Motherhood. Loss. Authenticity. Resilience.

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Grief/Loss

Of Paris and Empathy

Like so many in my Facebook circle, I was horrified by what happened in Paris last night. But I’m ashamed to say that when I learned of and wrote about the attacks in Paris last night, I had no idea… Continue Reading →

Paris

Whatever I was going to write today means little in the face of what happened in Paris today. And while there are so many terrifying and heart-wrenching aspects of the attacks there, and so many things that I could write… Continue Reading →

That’ll Do, Pig.

Tonight I told a live audience of 200-ish people a story about Hudson and hospitals and brain injuries and death and God and the things that people call miracles. I think that’s about enough for today.  

Connection Is The Reason We’re Here

I ran into a former colleague friend at the grocery store the other day. She told me that she liked being my Facebook friend because unlike so many others, my posts are not all Pollyanna and sunshine, that unlike so… Continue Reading →

How Television Helps Me Grieve

Before our older daughter died, my husband and I were near-religious watchers of shows like Law and Order, Law and Order: SVU, The Wire, and Dexter. All dark. All involving violent deaths and grief. All impossible to watch after we’d… Continue Reading →

Timehopping My Way Through Life and Death

I’m honored to be published at Modern Loss for the first time with a piece about my sad but also strangely satisfying experience of using Timehop as a grieving person.

Facing Forward

At the age of four years, three months, and ten days, my son Jackson finally got to ride in a forward-facing car seat. I’ve been a long-time and vocal proponent of extended rear-facing for kids in cars. Well before the… Continue Reading →

The Age of Innocence

The young woman sat bolt upright, her chest supporting the lolling, bald head of the tiny infant wrapped against her chest in layer upon layer of soft, navy fabric. A piece of quiche sat in a to-go box on the… Continue Reading →

Why I Love the Sound of My Kids Fighting

I’m in the kitchen doing the dishes. It’s that hour just after the kids wake from their naps. I spent their naptime working and am now desperately hoping they’ll entertain themselves for a bit while I try to fit in… Continue Reading →

The Hole: Guest Post at The Manifest Station

I’m grateful to Jen Pastiloff and the amazing folks at The Manifest Station for publishing this essay. It attempts to capture how the nature of grief changes over time and how we can learn to live with a hole at the… Continue Reading →

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