Mandy Hitchcock

Motherhood. Loss. Authenticity. Resilience.

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loss of a child

Going On After A Child Dies

I’m honored to be up at Mamalode today with a simple little piece inspired by their December theme of strength. Grieving mothers are no stronger than other mothers. We are all incredibly strong.

My Daughter’s Death Changed Me, But It Did Not Make Me Superhuman

I was both humbled and proud to debut on the Brain, Child blog yesterday with a piece that was hard for me to write and share, because it says the opposite of what I think most people expect me to… Continue Reading →

Life Is A Circle

The ways in which life so often circles back upon itself never cease to amaze me. My youngest daughter has been sick for the last several days with hand, foot, and mouth disease–it’s a common toddler illness that begins with a… 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.  

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 →

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 →

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