Ronald McDonald House

“In my work with families with critically ill children, I see families grieving the loss of a child when it is still fresh and raw and devastating.  I see the shock, the intense sadness, and the way each family grieves and copes in their own personal way.  I love Nikki and Alice’s book because it is the collective wisdom from so many families who have experienced the loss of a child. No family chooses this kind of loss, and each family story is unique, but I am thankful for those who have chosen to share their story with the rest of us.  May this book honor all of the children who are gone.”
Christy Burch
Guest Services Coordinator, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon & S.W. Washington

David Gregory

“If you are looking at this book, you are going through unspeakable grief, or you know someone who is. What Nikki and Alice have written is a special gift, a book unlike any other. Its comfort, practical guidance, and inspiration come from their own suffering, and loss, and hope, and joy. Let them walk with you through grief, and help you find hope and joy again, in a way only those who have lost a child can truly understand.”

David Gregory

New York Times bestselling author of Dinner with a Perfect Stranger


Holidays are coming. Let the whirlwind of emotions begin.

How do we include our loved one who’s passed into our holiday traditions? Our family still hangs up my daughter s stocking. In fact this year I bought an angel stocking from Pottery Barn Kids. It was only $18 and it is so sweet. The angel happens to be a little blonde girl so I found it to works beautifully. Now, whenever we do a “good deed” we will write it on a piece of paper and put it in Taylor’s stocking. I have a little basket of paper and pens near the stockings to make it easy. It’s our gift to her to spread a little joy in her name.

Taylor always reminded me of a precious moments doll so now I have a precious moments angel on top my tree. I figure I’m not spending money on gifts for her so I can sure do these things to keep her alive.

Alice’s family will go to the grave site on Christmas and sing Christmas
carols. Beautiful idea!