writer. creator. total daydreamer.
FINDING JOY ALONG THE WAY
~ LIZ CLEMENTS ~
Elizabeth is a devoted mother of three earthside and one angel in heaven, who is inspired by the potential and possibility for good in those around her. She has worked in aged care and supporting children with chronic illness and special needs. Qualified as an enrolled nurse, carer, and currently studying to be a breastfeeding counsellor and educator, Elizabeth has always had a love for learning and teaching.
She volunteers her time at Riding for the Disabled, and Days for Girls where she has been involved in preparing and distributing reusable menstrual kits, educating women and girls on menstrual hygiene and personal care in Australia and Africa. She was also privileged to raise money for the Catherine Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia, where she visited and ran the 10km Great Ethiopian Run in promotion of the hospital, the women they help and the empowerment of girls to become leaders.
Elizabeth loves poetry and enjoys writing, she is proactive, hardworking, and empathic. Her supportive nature means that you will never stand alone in a just cause.
Along with all she does for others, she still makes time for impromptu dance parties, lots of hiking, rock or tree climbing, baking, and cooking that she occasionally cannot live down!
~ WHY SUPPORT US ~
After losing my first child to stillbirth and struggling to voice my needs, I decided healing had to come in my own time and in a safe space surrounded by those who would allow this process to develop. After many years of healing and finding my way I knew I wanted to help others along this challenging journey. I have shared Jayden's story in a co-authored book, I am in the process of writing several children's books that empower kids to find their strength and voice. I have also started a gift box project for mothers suffering the loss of a child and hope to help in other ways in the future. I hope you can find joy and happiness along your travels.
Elizabeth's story of the stillbirth of her firstborn son Jayden, is written openly, poignantly, and with the rawness only a mother
who has experienced the loss of a child can. Elizabeth reflects on her experience of stillbirth, the weeks leading up to Jayden's birth
and the weeks and months following, and expresses two key and strong lessons from this time.
Firstly to always advocate for yourself, use your voice, and stand your ground when you know something is not right.
Her second reflection, which is most important for all of us to understand, we don't have to know what to say,
we don't need to know what it's like to be there, we don't need to fix, we just need to BE WITH the person as they navigate their grief
in their own way, and their own time, to understand grief is not time-limited and does not have an ending, only a beginning.
Elizabeth writes in a very personal way reflecting upon her journey through her difficult first pregnancy, through the heartbreak of the worst news any mother can hear,
and the stillbirth of her beloved baby Jayden. In hindsight, she shares her feelings of advocating for herself with medical staff even in her inexperience as a first-time mother.
Elizabeth's ability to take you on that journey with her but still give a ray of hope based on her strong faith is reassuring for anyone travelling a similar dark road.
A beautiful narrative for those unsure of how to support loved ones wading through deep grief and a personal loss of their own.
I read the story of Jayden with tears streaming down my face. The story of becoming a mother to a child born an angel.
I wept, my heart breaking as I read Elizabeth's words, wanting nothing more than to hug and hold her-
a woman I do not know in real life, yet whose bravery has inspired me beyond words.
The pain of losing a child is unimaginable to anyone who hasn't experienced it, but I am so grateful for the insights Elizabeth
so generously shares around the words that provided comfort, and the reminder that grief has no end date.
Liz, Jayden made you a Mother, and you sharing his story is a gift to the world.
Thank you on behalf of all the women who will feel less alone after reading your story.
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