I have 7 boxes here that I am going to put together and hopefully have them ready to deliver in the next couple weeks. What better timing than the fact the anniversary of my daughter's due date (October 30, 2005) is coming up. I am hoping to paint these boxes this time as they are just plain right now.
Here are a couple lines from the email I received today:
Susan has shared some of your comments and I am so grateful that you have been able to share them with her. Some of the helpful comments included:
-the suggestion of offering the family to bath their baby. It has never occurred to me that anyone would be interested in doing so. I am so glad you have opened my eyes to this possibility. I can easily see that this could be offered to the families and should be quite easy to facilitate in many situations.
-recognizing that the family is in a very "numb" state and asking for assistance is very difficult. I am referring to two of your comments here.
- 1. You described a nurse taking your daughter from your arms and putting
her in a bassinette where she remained for a length of time. This is time you
would have liked to have the opportunity to be holding her or perhaps your
husband may have been encouraged to hold her.
- 2. You also mentioned that you had a camera in your purse and may have
liked the opportunity to take more pictures. This is again something that has
never occurred to me.
Your comments are so very insightful and helpful. I hope we can continue to chat as I look forward to hearing more of your comments and suggestions.
Unfortunately, in early September, we had many losses and have given your treasures to 5 families already. It was so heartwarming to be able to present the families with such a beautiful gift. I hope you realize how many people you are helping. The item that brings the most comments is the "tissue to collect the tears". I receive many comments about that.
This is why I am so inspired to do these boxes. These parents are unable to have a lifetime of memories with their child... they deserve the chance to make as many memories as they can in the short period of time they have.