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...

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...