Monday, February 27, 2012

Bethenny Frankel Reveals Miscarriage

Celebrities seem so real when speaking out about early pregnancy loss.  Bethenny Frankel recently spoke to the Today Show about her loss... click here to watch the segment.

A Casket for Thor

Written by Lisa Heineman

This idea for the service evolved slowly for us as we thought through our options and turned out to be a real comfort.

We bought a plain pine casket (ordered from an orthodox Jewish supplier by our non-denominational funeral home director), and then we finished it ourselves using an oil we bought at the hardware store. We found it to be a real labor of love, as if we were preparing the room in which Thor would rest with our own hands – which is exactly what we were doing. Since I have a 17-year-old (then 16) who’s a wonderful painter, we asked him to paint the lid, and he painted a very peaceful and moving picture of a baby still in the womb. This became our way of giving some of Josh’s art to Thor to take with him. This last part might not be for everyone, but I can imagine that having some role in preparing the casket could be healing for a lot of people. We made photos of the lid and used them for the thank-you cards to send to the people who provided meals, made donations, etc.