After our son died, I was grabbing at straws trying to find help and comfort. I should have gone to counseling, but I didn’t. I probably still should. I did find comfort in other ways such as in reading, writing, and in helping others. Some organizations that really helped me through the darkest time of my life are written below, and I genuinely hope that you can start to heal and find your new normal with their help:
Still Standing Magazine is a great resource for families surviving the loss of their child. If you are grieving, I encourage you to subscribe to their online magazine. They also have a sister website called Still Mothers which is specifically for mothers who don’t have any living children. Thank you, Still Standing Magazine!
Owl Love You Forever is based in Arizona and provided me and Joey with a box of priceless gifts which I received at the hospital. The box included matching large and small blankets, a disposable camera, a wash cloth and baby wash, and a stuffed owl among other things. Thank you, Shayla!
Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep is the photography organization that came to the hospital to take pictures of our family at no charge. The photographer was very sweet and respectful and even had some of the pictures ready in time for Easton’s funeral. We also received 3 copies of all of the photos on a disc. We will never regret that special time we got to spend with Easton, and we are so grateful for the pictures that we have with him. Thank you, Chrystal!
Grieving the Child I Never Knew is a devotional written by Kathe Wunnenberg. This devotional has scriptures, stories from Kathe, as well as prayers to help you through especially hard days. This devotional covers many of the aspects of grief and helps you understand yourself on a deeper level. Some things I didn’t understand became clearer, and some things I didn’t even realize I was struggling with became apparent. Kathe helps you explore your feelings and helps you overcome some trials. Thank you, Kathe!
Stirrup Queens List of Blogs is a website that houses many other people’s blogs related to adoption, loss, living child free, infertility, etc. Mel organizes and updates this list weekly. Through this site, I was able to find other people going through still birth and I still read their blogs today. Mel added this blog, Bambino Designs by J, to her website under the Miscellaneous Room. I encourage you to go check out her list. Thank you, Mel!
World Vision is a Christian organization dedicated to improving the lives of poverty-stricken children, their families, and their communities. They help in many different ways, but they especially advocate for child sponsorship. Sponsoring a child will provide the child with food, clean water, healthcare, and education among other things. Joey and I were able to sponsor a boy who shared Easton’s birthday. I can’t even begin to describe the joy we receive by sponsoring this little boy and the blessing he has been in our grief-stricken life. Receiving pictures and letters from him and his family, and being able to watch how much their lives are improving is pure joy. Please check out their website and see how you can help improve a life. Thank you, World Vision!
I am currently a volunteer child ambassador for World Vision where I strive to connect people to children who need sponsoring. Together we can break the cycle of poverty while developing relationships with children around the world! If you would like to know more about how sponsorship works, don’t hesitate to email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org