September Days Gone By

I sit here lost in a time where the beginning of September never meant anything more to me than our little ones getting ready for school and fall weather hiding right around the corner. Most of my life I didn’t recognize days or weeks set aside for certain causes...

FINDING MICKEY

A smile comes to my face as I hear all the laughter and music around me today. The sun shines so brightly and moms, dads and kids are swimming, dogs are barking and scattered nearby are all the water toys waiting and ready. The beach is packed and it couldn’t be a...

A Day Where Grief & Joy Can Co-exist

Mother’s Day has always brought many emotions for me at various times of my life. Speaking with friends I believe it is a universal feeling. I had what feels like a lifetime of Mother’s Day celebrations focusing on my own amazing mother and have many cherished...

33 Forever Mom, Still

I wake up this morning and realize it’s May! Always one of my absolute favorite months of the year! It is when the calendar turns and the colors of the flowers become vibrant. The lilacs start to bloom and their fragrance brings me back to the day I brought my...

“Mom, I just met Derek Jeter!”

The shocking, jaw-dropping text came through to my cell phone during a casual late night business meeting with some friends. I re-read the text, showed it to my husband, and excused myself as I stepped out of the room. With a text like this I must pre-empt that at one...

“I’m Terrible, Thanks for Asking“

Next Friday will be 3 years since my beautiful 33 year old daughter took her life. 3 long years since my daughter, who became my very best friend, felt it was “time” to stop being a burden. There was a “perfect storm” in the early morning hours of February 11, 2019...

Tranquility

The view from my balcony reflects the many hues of blue, turquoise, green and navy of the water, and is surrounded by lush green grass on the hills, mountains and islands. The speckled pink yellow, green, white and blue dots are all significant markings of the life...

Navigating The Journey

Each day brings something new to the mental health journey of grief I tread. The ups and downs of my own feelings of losing a child in her prime and interjecting those feelings with the excitement and joy of the upcoming Christmas Holiday, gives me conflicting...

An Only Child

The Heck/Leedy crew began on a cold January afternoon in 2002 from a family of 3 (Heck) and a family of 5 (Leedy) to merge into one big Brady Bunch family of 8! We are so proud of our “eight” that many of us have a tattoo with the number 8 representing who we are....

PLANS FOR HOPE & A FUTURE

Why did I feel the need to create @33forevermom page and blog? This has come up in recent conversations and I wanted others to know that I, (Donna Mencini Heck) started this page primarily for moms, dads, grandparents and the like, who may have tragically lost a...