The heartbreak of losing a child is something no parent should ever have to endure.

For Hope resident Kim Taylor, the passing of her 15-year-old daughter, Sarah, in September 2020 thrust Taylor into a whirlwind of grief and emotion, which she has channeled in the written word.

Taylor started her blog, GraceInGrieving.com, as a way to not only help her work through her own grief but to help others who are also navigating the turbulent waters of loss.

When Sarah was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer, the Taylor family decided to use social media to communicate with friends and family and keep them informed.

“I began journaling our battle, if you will, during that time,” 48-year-old Taylor says. “Sarah and I talked about it before I did and she agreed that it was a quick way to keep people updated and to keep hope alive and ask people to pray.”

When the family would receive disappointing news or have something to celebrate Sarah would say, “Mom, you need to make a post,” Taylor recalls.

“She totally felt all the love and support from our followers on social media,” Taylor says.

When Sarah died in last fall, Taylor decided to keep the social media thread going.

Oftentimes, it is difficult to approach a family who is grieving, Taylor says, and people aren’t always sure about what to say.

On September 30, 2020, Taylor launched GraceInGrieving.com.

“I knew people were curious about how we were doing,” Taylor says. “I just decided I would continue with the journaling out loud through social media. Grief is such a heavy topic it might be best if I designated a page and if people wanted to go there and read about it they could. They would just kind of know it is going to be heavy stuff.”

Since her initial blog entry, the site has garnered immense support and has become a gathering place for others finding their own way through grief. Taylor says she’s found that many who visit and interact on the site aren’t just parents who have lost children.

Taylor admits she oftentimes finds herself in awe at the openness of so many people who are willing to share their journey with her. And, if anything, the stories they share exemplify how everyone moves through grief at their own pace, Taylor says.

“[The blog] is like an online platform for a support group since we can’t gather in person,” Taylor says. “It feels a bit safer too because we are all home and we can still be real and raw with each other in our grief and know we are going to find grace there.”

She has never thought of herself as a writer and approaches the blog as a tool for healing, she says. Posts aren’t planned out ahead of time. There aren’t any outlines or brainstorming sessions fleshed out on paper. No, Taylor says she writes from the heart when the mood strikes – when she feels moved to share her thoughts.

“I should probably come up with a plan but my gut says keep doing what you are doing, God will bless it,” Taylor says. “I don’t know how long it will last or how many stories I have to tell. I don’t know what will come of it, but it is what I’m supposed to be doing right now. And so I’m trying to be obedient and it is therapeutic for me.”

Before Sarah’s illness and passing, Taylor worked in sales and marketing in the senior living industry. Always a go-getter, Taylor says she is still a ways from even entertaining the idea of trying to return to that former way of being.

“My passion before all this happened has been derailed,” Taylor says.” And I’m just not ready to go back to work. I’ve always been kind of a driven person at work and I just would almost feel guilty for not putting my whole heart into something. I know I just need to heal and take this time to figure out what I’m going to be when I grow up.”