Thursday, August 19, 2010

Day of Hope

Fourteen months ago our little girl left us.  There hasn't been a day that has gone by that I haven't thought about her.  It is still hard to think that people are slowly going to stop talking about her, wanting to hear about her stories or remember her short time with us.  These fears are something anyone who has lost a baby carries with them. 

However, Carly Marie, another bereaved mother has set up August 19th as a day to remember our babies.  In addition, she wants everyone to donate memory boxes to other families who share the similar pain of loss.  Check out one of her many blogs at  Read the insert from her blog below:

People view the death of a baby as just a sad thing that happened. These babies that die are not sad things that happen. They are people, much loved and wanted children. They are brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, grandsons and granddaughters. August 19th is about openly speaking about these children and celebrating their short lives.

Every single day families all over the world leave a hospital with empty arms. Their hopes, dreams and plans for the future shattered by the death of their baby/ies. On Thursday August 19th 2010 we will be donating a memory box to the hospital.

There are days I feel sad and alone.  I hurt with pain of missing my baby girl.  But each time we do something for Ella's Halo and help other babies in the NICU I know that she is with me.  I know that Ella's spirit is with us each time a little baby in the hospital gets to snuggle in a soft cute little blanket that Ella's Halo donated. 

I think that is what today August 19th is all about, remembering our babies while helping other families get through the pain of having a baby die or be sick in the hospital.  And Ella's Halo does that every time we donate to the NICU, we remember Ella while helping babies.  August 19th is about spreading hope while remembering! 


Candace said...

Hey, I found your blog on Faces of Loss, Faces of Hope. I just wanted to tell you I think it is amazing that you guys are doing something to help all those NICU babies. My son was in the NICU for 5 days after he was born, and even though he was alright in the end it was the scariest few days of my life. I so appreciated all the support groups and cute little things people put together to help get us through that.
I would love to donate or help in some way, just let me know!

The Roberts Family said...

You are so right. I am always worried everyone will forget Maleigh was here. The other day my nephew asked me what her name was and even though he is only 9, it broke my heart because he didn't know. You are doing such a great thing to help other families while keeping Ella's memory alive.
Blessings to you!

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