Today we brought in our donation to Children's Hospital in Minneapolis, the place where we said good-bye... A lot of time, energy and money was spent on this donation and I pray that the hospital uses it the way it was intended. I speak from experience when I say that they need these things. Families should not be leaving the hospital with their child's things in plastic bags or their child's hair in a specimen bag. Families need to leave the hospital knowing that their child mattered. That their child was cared for and respected. That is our goal. The goal of the memory pouches is for them to be about that child. A place for families to keep those last few memories that mean so much... I look back on the experience we had, and I don't feel like Ellie was respected or cared for (once she had passed that is. While still alive- she received the best care we could ask for). I don't want another parent to ever have to feel that...
So today Max, my cousin Ang, and friend/ board member, Lo, and I brought what we had downtown. We dropped them off at the front door, explained it all to the bereavement coordinator, and now just hope that it makes a difference. Even if it only keeps one family from feeling the way we did, then I feel good about it. I feel good about putting Ellie's name on it, especially the stuffed animals. I feel like Ellie would really love Belle's Buddies, and I hope all of the adorable, cuddly Buddies provide comfort to the siblings that are so often overlooked- they matter too.
Our donation to the hospital today:
- 50 memory pouches: each with a canvas personal belonging bag, cloth memory pouch, photo album with SD card envelope, journal, candle, two touchstones, bracelet set, lock of hair box
- 100 Buddies for grieving siblings
- 3 value size boxes of Model Magic, to be used for hand and footprints
- 25 Faces of Loss, Faces of Hope postcards for families with preemies and infants that pass away
For the memory pouches, touchstones from Midnight Orange, photo albums, votive candles, personal canvas personal belonging bags, Lock of Hair boxes, bracelet sets from plain2pretty
Just some of the pouches during the organization process...
One of the girls memory pouches
A boys memory pouch
Belle's Buddies: All tagged and ready for siblings!
Hand and Footprint Kits
Everything all ready to go!
Making the drop!
Lo, Max and I
Max playing with Ang while I talk to the bereavement coordinator...
Ellie, It's all for you Peanut. All the work, the time, the energy, the money- all of it is for you little girl. I hope you know how much we miss you and how loved you still are. I think about you all the time. Love you so much!!