The death of a child is a life-altering experience and often changes us on every level. People come to realize that they will never be the same person they were before. Once grief enters our lives, it becomes a part of our lives, not in the same intensity or form as it is in the beginning however, but, as we go through life, we find that our grief for our child or the experience of losing a child is always there. We see how it changes as we change. This is referred to as creating a “New Normal” or “Living”. For instance, for some in the first year they are unable to look at a photo of their child without feeling pain; yet, as the grief journey continues, they find that the same photos make them smile. One does not “get over” losing a child, but rather eventually learns how to incorporate memories to help them continue living and not just exist.
About Our Founder
My name is Tarsha Howell, and I am deeply sorry for your loss. I, too, know the pain of losing a child. March 19th, 2021, my son, Justin J Shider, 30 years old at the time passed away from Accidental Ethanol Intoxication. An unexpected, yet senseless death. The painful and difficult journey I began exceeded anything I could have imagined. Only with God, dedication to my own grief journey, and the love and support of friends was I able to make it through each day.
To begin my own healing on this new journey B-I-R-T-H the acronym for “Beginning Inner Restoration Through Healing” was born. This is a non-profit organization designed to help mothers live and not just exist after the loss of a child.
B-I-R-T-H offers support through grief education, monthly support groups, mentorships, and annual retreats. Giving grieving mothers a safe haven to express themselves without judgement. Helping mothers honor their child in a memorable way.