Bereaved Parents

by Peggy Sweeney Editor's Note: My child died as the result of an ectopic pregnancy. It wasn’t until several years later, while attending a prenatal workshop as a bereavement educator, that I grieved my child’s death, named my baby (Noel), and found peace in my heart. Regardless of age or cause, the death of a …

Invisible Wounds

by Anonymous Author's Note: I would like to thank this brave officer and their spouse for sharing this article. I know it was not easy for them to lay out their lives as they did. If they can help one officer or first responder get help, the mission was accomplished. I encourage all who read …

Stigma and the Elephant in the Room, to the Point of No Return and Back

by Rob Leathen I went public not for any sympathy and not for any pity but because I firmly believe that silence does nothing but strengthen stigma. Early in February 2019, I knew something wasn’t quite right with me. The continual arguments with my wife, the emotional outbursts, unexpected crying and anger. Anger with everybody …

Moral Injury

by Rob Leathen "Moral Injury": A moral injury can occur when an individual has experienced a potentially injurious event by “perpetrating, failing to prevent, bearing witness to, or learning about acts that transgress deeply held moral beliefs and expectations” and the moral/ethical violation resulted in “lasting psychological, biological, spiritual, behavioral, and social impact” While not …

Human Kindness

by Peggy Sweeney I have been very blessed in my life to be able to be a small part of several human kindness professions. Everyday people who dedicate and risk their lives to protect, serve and care for others: law enforcement and correctional officers 911 emergency dispatchers firefighters (as of 2018, 67% were volunteer) pre-hospital …

Friend

  Don't tell me that you understand, don't tell me that you know, Don't tell me that I will survive or how I will surely grow. Don't tell me that this is just a test, that I am truly blessed. That I am chosen for this task, apart from all the rest. Don't come at …