Tanika Dillard is a natural leader, motivational speaker and trusted counsel to her peers.
Crafting pitch perfect melodies and poetry are Tanika’s ways to articulate the emotions in her heart. Her love for writing began as an adolescent, often writing about love, family and faith in God. A passionate revolution for writing was birthed in 2009 after recurrent pregnancy loss and Tanika needed an effective avenue to channel her grief and unwavering desire to have a family. In her blog, “The Journey of Love and Life,” eloquently flowing words were crafted from the life-changing pain.
Tanika’s passion for breaking the silence of pregnancy loss positioned her as founding member and Facilitator for Share Upstate Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support group. Her efforts to honor the lives of her children and increase awareness on the taboo subject have uniquely connected her with medical professionals and grieving families across the globe.
In August 2014, Tanika embarked upon a new phase by releasing “Building A Family Breaks My Heart,” a best-selling novel inspired by her blog writings. The book is a magnificent work of heart, capturing the essence of despair from loss and the beauty of dreams fulfilled. Additionally, she has recently released her first single, “I Am Dreaming”. The song is a heartfelt musical tribute and her way to honor the lives of four children: Destiny, Briauna, Madison and Israel Grayson who have passed away.
Tanika is credentialed as a birth and bereavement doula through the comprehensive training of Stillbirthday University. As a doula, she offers compassionate physical, emotional and spiritual support to expectant families in any trimester and any birth outcome. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Management from Lander University, but Tanika’s most prestigious titles are wife and mother. She and husband, Christopher, reside in Greenville, South Carolina, with their sons, Ethan and Evan.