In July I posted here that I would no longer be posting on this page. You can find my blog on the home page of our website: hopeforhurtingparents.com  Come find us there! We simply combined our blog with our website.

Please tell your friends about the encouragement and support we offer. Parents and grandparents both are in need of huge doses.

What is your greatest challenge? Your deepest heartache? We’d like to know to ensure we’re addressing those issues in future blogs.

On the website you can read more about us, why we started Hope for Hurting Parents and watch a video of me (Dena) sharing about that and a list of our favorite books and websites.

Please share some of your favorites in the comments section. I’d love to hear from you.TWLOHA movie16 We need each other!


This is a fun photo with Renee at the premiere of the movie about her, To Write Love on Her Arms.

This is the last time I will post on this page. From now on you will find my blog on the home page of our website: hopeforhurtingparents.com  Come find us there! And please tell your friends about the encouragement and support we offer.

What is your greatest challenge? Your deepest heartache?

On our website you’ll find a list of our favorite books and websites.

Please share some of your favorites in the comments section. I’d love to hear from you!

As of this week my blogs will be posted on our website as our homepage: hopeforhurtingparents.com  We appreciate yourfragile1 patience as my dear husband re-builds the site. It’s gonna be great!

When your child is diagnosed with a mental illness it can feel overwhelming. You may become depressed and fearful not knowing what to expect or how to respond. I did. A stranger to the world of mental health, it was all foreign to me. If that describes you, read my last four blogs. They’re all about mental illness. They’ll help educate you, strengthen you and lessen your fears. In today’s blog I’m going to share 3 things I wish someone had told me when I first learned of my daughter’s mental health challenges. I think they’ll help you.


1. Your child is still the same person. Continue Reading »

SurrenderWhen someone you love is diagnosed with a mental illness (major depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, PTSD, OCD) something very ugly tends to rear its head. I call it the two-headed monster of stigma and shame. It finds life from those who don’t understand because they’re either uninformed or misinformed. When it’s directed at your son or daughter the hurt runs deep. You feel protective. Defensive. But maybe you felt this way toward them yourself.

You need to hear these things:

  • Don’t believe your child’s value in this world is diminished because of their mental illness. Continue Reading »

Life is full of change, isn’t it? Not all change is bad, either. I wanted to let you know about what I think will be a good change. change2

In the next week or two my blog will be migrated into our Hope for Hurting Parents website.  This way everything will be in one place. My blog will be the home page. We will also have a new look, so be sure to leave your comments!  From that point on my blog will not be found at: hopeforhurtingparents.wordpress.com.  Instead, it will be found at: hopeforhurtingparents.com

Speaking of change, I pray good changes will come in your child’s life soon. If not in theirs, then in yours, as you learn to cling to, lean on, depend on and trust in God. He’s got you in his hands.

“As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. (Psalm 103:13 ESV)”

Father, show compassion to hurting parents and their children as they endure painful changes and hope for good ones. Oh, how they need it today.


rope bridgeSchizophrenia. Have you wondered if this could be what’s wrong with your son or daughter, or have they already been diagnosed? Maybe you weren’t surprised, but either way it was probably devastating. You may have been on this precarious path for a while. Some days you feel okay and other days you’re not.

A friend of mine, whose daughter struggles with schizophrenia, says she often feels way out of her comfort zone. Sometimes it feels like she’s living in a nightmare.

It’s a little like trying to cross a precarious rope bridge. You have no choice – you have to keep going, even though you’re scared to death. I hope the following information from NAMI (The National Alliance on Mental Illness – nami.org) will be helpful on your journey. Continue Reading »

Your child has been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. You want to understand what this really means. What will their life look like now? Don’t despair. It’s still possible for them to have a bipolarfulfilling life. This is part two in a series on mental illness. My information is from The National Alliance on Mental Illness, nami.org  Refer to my last blog (May 10th) for a further introduction to the topic of mental illness.

Bipolar Disorder is also known as manic depression. A mood disorder, it affects nearly 6 million adults in the U.S. Characterized by extreme shifts in mood, energy, and functioning, people experience alternating episodes of mania (severe highs), depression (severe lows), and mixed states which contain elements of both high and low experiences.

These episodes may last for days, weeks, or even months, and are often separated by periods of fairly normal moods. A chronic condition with recurring episodes, bipolar often begin in adolescence or early adulthood. If your child has been diagnosed, remember – it does NOT mean they’re sentenced to a life of misery. Good treatment is available from many professionals who are continually improving their understanding of this mental health issue. Continue Reading »

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