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...

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...

Visits With My Daughter

Dinner with Dani and Greg 2011 Driving the few miles frommy hotel toward the Marina Del Rey penthouse Dani and Greg were so proud of and seeing once again where they both spent a year of their lives, gives me an incredibly bittersweet feeling. I imagine Dani on these...

What Grief Looks Like

“There is no right or wrong way to grieve. Do whatever feels comfortable for you, and don’t do anything you don’t want.” That advice was given to me by a grieving mom farther down the road in her own journey after losing her son. She shared with me her experience and...