Imagine giving birth and leaving a hospital without your baby. It is something most people don’t want to think about let alone try to imagine. But this is a reality for about 26,000 women who experience pregnancy loss through stillbirth each year in the United States. Just think about that ~ in this day and age 26,000 mothers and fathers don’t have a happy ending. They leave devastated with empty arms ~ and, if they are fortunate ~ may be given a small box Memory Box with a few precious things that their baby left behind.
As a mother who experienced the death of my baby, I know that there are never enough mementos to honor her. I cherish the memory box I walked out of the hospital with after Amelia died. It consisted of a lock of her hair, her anklet ID, the hat she wore, a paper measuring tape with her height recorded, hand and footprints, and a lovely candle donated by a mother (who had lost her baby) and wanted to make the boxes a bit more special for those of us who would come after her. Everything that she touched or that was a part of her birth is special to me . . . but I would have loved to have more. For this reason, I painted ‘Starry, Starry Night.’ It is an image that represents stillbirth and motherhood ~ an intertwined and never-ending story.
My Hope, My Dream, My Wish . . . is to add something special to hospital memory boxes throughout the United States. I want parents to have something visual, beautiful, tangible and ‘sharable’. I want to create a piece of commemorative art that a family can hand down through generations. A visible reminder to all who see it ~ that our babies were here and motherhood is forever.
Please consider helping in one or more of the following ways.
1. A monetary donation (of any amount) that will enable Beyond Words Designs to continue creating and donating these cards below. The cost of creating one card = $1.
2. Grab and display the “Make a Difference” button.
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Here is an example of the card that is being donated to memory boxes.