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Review of Still Standing Magazine
If you use Facebook you know that sometimes their suggestions of pages you might like are way off. (No thanks. I'm not reall interested in fidgit spinners that attach to my nails.) But every once in a while, their suggestions are spot on. This was the case when Facebook suggested that I like Still Standing Magazine.
Still Standing is an online magazine. Their tagline is “surviving the aftermath of child loss and infertility.” There's a lot to like about this magazine. First of all, they included infertility. Pregnancy and infant loss is seldom discussed and it's possible that infertility is discussed even less. Our unwillingness or inability to talk about these subjects only adds to the lonliness and isolation prople feel after these losses (and make no mistake, infertility is a loss as well.)
I was thrilled to see that the magazine includes a section for grieving fathers. Fathers often get lost in the shuffle of pregnancy or infant loss. In my experience, while everyone is encouraged to just “get over” these losses, this is especially true for fathers. My husband found that his co-workers continually asked how I was while completely failing to acknowledge that he had suffered losses as well.
Still Standing's mission statement says that they are giving a voice to grief, connecting hearts with simnilar life experiences and that they are a resource for family, friends and medical professionals. This is encouraging and these resources are sorely needed. Most people don't know how to support friends and family during these types of losses. Medical professionals too often lack the empathy and understanding to offer support to their patients.
The website/magazine also links with Amazon and suggests several books on a variety of topics from grief, healing, resilience and self-care to explaining loss to children. They also have a selection of tee-shirts you can order.
Still standing has a panel of writers, all of whom have experienced some sort of loss. Additionally, they accept submissions from guest writers. Please see their website for their writing guidelines. Founder, Franchesca Cox, writes “...if you are here, you must know that you are not standing alone.”
The articles I've read so far have all resonated with me and I've found that the magazine offers some unique perspectives on pregnancy and infant loss. I would definitely recommend checking out Still Standing Magazine onliune at http://stillstandingmag.com/
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