Baby Loss Memory Book
In Memory Of You, a baby loss memory book
Firstly, we are so sorry for your loss. We've been in your shoes & want to provided what has helped us grieve the loss of our son, Bastion. Many of these link to articles that Autumn had written while grieving, if you'd like to read more.
This is going to be quite different for everyone. There are the 5 stages of grief; denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Which is just a basis point, not a tell-all. For me (Brandon), it came in the form of; shock, sadness, confusion/anger (why me?), shopping, donating, depression, and finally acceptance.
It was really important for us, as a couple, to talk with each other. If you aren't able to communicate your thoughts with your significant other, try talking with a parent, sibling, friend, or find a Facebook group. If you're still having trouble finding someone to talk to, there are plenty of books and videos made for this situation.
A therapist is highly beneficial. This helped us greatly in our first months without him.
I'd like to add a bit more of coping mechanisms we used:
• Retail Therapy - Boy did we shop. I set out to find something I could wear with Bastion's ashes. I found an Etsy shop that made a bracelet with my son's name engraved. We bought a weighted teddy bear, a shadow box, bracelets, beads to make bracelets, picture frames, the list goes on. Maybe this is considered unhealthy, but all of it made us feel better. At the very least, get a teddy bear to cuddle with (even better if you already had one ready for your baby). I can't tell you how much this helped.
• Donating - This was and still is a coping mechanism for us. We searched for charities to donate to, but had a hard time finding one that fit what we were looking for. We created Still Loved for this reason.
It is so important to get help if you are experiencing depression.
Please, if you have suicidal thoughts, seek help! Suicide hotline: 800-273-8255
Easy therapy access: BetterHelp, TalkSpace, or Online Counseling
If you still aren't sure what therapist to choose, Hallie Scott has worked with bereaved parents for the last 10 years and may be right for you.
If you're at the hospital, you may feel like you have no idea what to do. We don't want you to have regrets, so linked below will be a list of things to do with your stillborn or angel baby. Cherish any time you have. I don't think there will ever be a time where thinking of our stay in the hospital won't make me cry. I held him, talked to him, sang songs, showed him videos, and napped near him. But these are our only memories with him, outside of pregnancy.
Telling family and friends about your tragedy is difficult. Some people won't know what to say and some wont say anything at all. You have enough going on, don't worry about making others feel good or special. It's important to take care of yourself and your immediate family. The hardest part for us was telling our 2 year old -- "We thought we were giving our daughter the ultimate gift... a baby brother. Instead we set her up for the biggest let down of our lives."
Facebook has an option on your birthday to donate to a non-profit. It'll be broadcasted to all of your friends that you are raising money for that cause. Still Loved isn't available yet as a FB donation option, but there are plenty of other charities you can choose from.
After you go through a tragedy like this, you find out that it is more common than you previously realized. Could your doctors have told you anything to help prevent this? Did they express to you that kicks counting can be a matter of life or death?
It is important to know that- this is in NO WAY your fault.
As you learn more about your situation, don't be afraid to share the information with friends and family. Hopefully they never have to go through the same experience. #BreakTheSilence
Miscarriage Matters Inc. is a 501(c)3 recognized charitable organization, offering global support to Mothers and Fathers devastated by Miscarriage or Stillbirth through programs that educate the public, inspire healing through service to others, and empower the hurting.
You can buy their book on Amazon
They started this Foundation in their daughter's honor. Their goal is to provide support to families that had a living child during the time of their loss. This will be done through support boxes and they want to add play dates and pen pals at a later date.
The Baby Loss Diary is a place where moms and dads can go to relate to each other. The goal of this blog is to show bereaved parents and family members how other parents got through this tragedy. Hopefully, the Baby Loss Diary can help show others the mind of a loss parent trying to navigate life after a loss
Introducing a new memory book for parents who have lost a child, providing comfort and validation while remembering the child.
It is not just the parents who are affected, but the entire family, including grandparents. In this article, I will share my personal experience with my mother, but it is essential to remember that everyone's experience is different.
When we lost our son, we weren't sure what to do. We searched the internet for answers... Why did this happen? Could we have prevented it, and what do we do now? Our goal is to provide a resource center for you to learn, grieve, and educate others.
A tattoo can be a great way to commemorate your baby. Here are some beautiful pieces of art to ensure angel babies are always by their parent's side...
His or her special day may be around the corner. Even though it can bring so much sadness, celebrating this day may comfort you and your family.
Still Loved sends bereaved parents cards on their child's birthday to honor their memory and celebrate their babies.
Managing my own grief while providing something thoughtful for others
Holding the weight of your baby once again
If you are new to grieving or having trouble with managing your grief, give these a try:
12 hours with my son is all I will ever get, and I am grateful
Advice for stillborn parents on honoring, remembering and coping with loss.
When hospital photos just aren't enough, it's time to commission some art
We thought we were giving our daughter the ultimate gift... a baby brother. Instead, we set her up for the biggest letdown of our lives.