Mandy Hitchcock

Motherhood. Loss. Authenticity. Resilience.



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.  

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 →

Seeing My Kids With Fresh Eyes

“Mommy! Mommy! Mommy! Mommy!” My son shouted the word over and over again as he ran across the porch of his preschool towards me. Sometimes, this incessant repetition will provoke an automatic biological response that many mothers know well: stomach… 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 →

How Do You Measure a Life?

My daughter Hudson lived for 529 days. Today, my younger daughter Ada has lived for 529 days. Tomorrow she’ll be older than her big sister ever got to be. Today, my 39th birthday, I have lived for 14,235 days. My… Continue Reading →

With A Heart Wide Open: My Publication Debut

I’m thrilled to share that I’ve been published for the first time ever. This piece is really rather “meta,” because it’s about choosing to keep my heart open in the face my fears, which is ultimately what I am doing every time… Continue Reading →

For Auld Lang Syne

  It’s New Year’s Eve. Again. Out with the old, in with the new, right? But do we ever really let go of the old? And more importantly, must we? The turning of a new year is such a bittersweet… Continue Reading →

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