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North Arlington Mother 'Comes Alive' For Web Based Grief Series

Ady Dorsett of Lyndhurst participated in the "On Coming Alive Project."
Ady Dorsett of Lyndhurst participated in the "On Coming Alive Project." Photo Credit: Ady Dorsett
Hayden Dorsett
Hayden Dorsett Photo Credit: Ady Dorsett
The Dorsett family started the "Hayden's Heart Foundation" after their newborn son succumbed to a heart defect.
The Dorsett family started the "Hayden's Heart Foundation" after their newborn son succumbed to a heart defect. Photo Credit: Ady Dorsett

NORTH ARLINGTON, N.J. — North Arlington mother Ady Dorsett will likely always be mourning the loss of her 5-month-old son to a heart defect (SEE: North Arlington Parents Preserve Baby's Memory With Heart Foundation ).

To help her along the way, Dorsett is sharing her story in " On Coming Alive Project " — a web-based initiative that spotlights individuals who have lost someone close to them.

"The importance of the project is to shed light on hope after loss," said Dorsett, who started Hayden's Heart Foundation shortly after her son passed away. "We need to show people who are going through dark days that they can come out of it and live a life that is still hopeful and at times happy."

The "On Coming Alive Project" was started by mother Lexi Behrndt, who also lost a son to a heart defect. It features some 70 stories of grief and recovery. The goal is to go viral, Dorsett said.

Dorsett wrote an essay about the experience of losing her son as part of the project:

"I feared with every bone in my body that I would never come out of this depression, that my body would always physically ache for him, and that I would forever be broken beyond repair," the excerpt says.

"Finding myself again after losing Hayden took a lot of time, inner strength, and patience, but it was so worth the wait.

"We want to reach as many people as possible who are suffering from loss," she said. "We want this to be something grows," she said.

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