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Life and Work with Katina Chandler

Today we’d like to introduce you to Katina Chandler.

Katina, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I am a great mixture of Eryah Badu and Keri Hilson. A little artsy, a little tough-girl fashionable, and a lot of inspirational. I specialize in motivating young women but I’m mostly known for providing hope to hurting hearts.

In March of 2010, I stood in a room with my son’s lifeless body laying in my bare arms. This changed my life forever. Prior to, I was dealing with issues of acceptance so trying to find comfort within this new skin became an addition burden. However, I survived!

As a child-loss survivor, I once felt guilty about living a glamorous life. However, it was that that made me feel liberated and free. After my son died, I was asked by a random photographer to participate in a photoshoot. Although I was clueless to the fact, this marked the beginning of my healing process and the creations of “The Mourning Moms”.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
There’s absolutely nothing smooth or pleasant about child-loss. However, after investing the appropriate amount of time, tears, energy, and love you can create a promising life from it. For women who are just starting this journey, whatever you’re naturally gifted in, use it. This is your opportunity to operate skillfully and what’s so ironic about doing so, is that it provides supernatural healing. However, do be prepared for the mental battles. This is where the challenges exist. I battled with the visual of my son going in cardiac arrest for six long years. It was emotional draining, spiritually painful, and just all around negative in every form. But once I decided to not be victimized by those visuals, I started creating new visuals. Visuals that were hopeful and honored the life of my child.

Please tell us about The Mourning Moms.
The Mourning Moms is a hope look-book filled with a community of child loss mothers. Within this community, we encourage mothers of child-loss through hope, a spiritual perceptive, and the freedom to just be you.

Every year for Mother’s Day, we select random women of child-loss to attend a location photoshoot. These therapeutic moments are ones to remember both in spirit and in picture. From the tears shedding, to the passionate hugs, and the sharing of a familiar livelihood we are always left with a special feeling within. With only two years in, each year we have been honored by the presence and blessings of LaTavia Roberson, a former member of Destiny’s Child, and a mother of child-loss.

I’m most proud that “The Mourning Moms” have reached different women from all around the country. This consist of women with different races, cultures, and nationalities. It’s an amazing feeling to be able to relate to the humanity of mankind. The original goal for this community was to be a national movement world-wide. So I must say with the reach, it has been one of my biggest accomplishments thus far.

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Sidney Conley

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