Robyn over at Remembering Our Babies has such lovely things for families grieving the loss of a baby. Books, candles, bracelets—and all of it supports her site, the original place for October 15th, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.
I’ll be giving away one of her most beautiful bracelets as soon as it comes in—sometime this week! So head over to my Facebook Page if you do Facebook and comment to win it!
And visit her site to take a look at her selection of things. Get them ordered in time for Oct. 15!
My first baby Casey would have been thirteen years old today, and we’re celebrating his would-have-been birthday with give aways of some great books on loss.
Make sure you can see all the give aways below (if not, click HERE) and comment on any of the titles that you might find helpful. We’ll give away the books on October 1 to kick off Pregnancy Loss Remembrance Month.
We’re also taking today to celebrate the completion of the Baby Dust Book Trailer. Women from Ireland, London, Australia, Mexico, and the US talk about their babies, and the women of Illuminate, a photography class for grieving mothers, took the images that are used.
Comment on this post by Oct. 1 to win a copy of About What Was Lost: 20 Writers on Miscarriage, Healing and Hope.
About What Was Lost is the easy reader of miscarriage books, 20 short stories from excellent writers and well edited. Virtually every situation is covered here, organized into categories of “The Search for Meaning,” “In the Thick of It,” and “Mourning and Moving On.” The gorgeous writing creates an emotional resonance that makes you feel more at peace with your own situation, especially women who are looking for titles that are less about angels and heaven and more about day-to-day lives of women facing loss.
I always know how old they’d be. What I do not know is who I might have been, had I become their mother. ~ Jocye Maynard from “Mother of Three, Two Children Short.”
“As soon as I walked into the office, I felt my bones turning to water. Two people passed me in the hall, quickly averting their eyes, and I had to stop and lean against the wall, shutting my eyes.” ~ Caroline Leavitt from “The First Baby.”
Comment on this post to win a copy of In the Company of Angels: A Memorial Book on Oct. 1
This book is designed just like a traditional baby book, but it is meant for our babies who did not live to be born, or who died very shortly after birth. Unlike the traditional baby milestones we will never see, this book has gentle prompts asking about our hopes and dreams for baby, the moment you found out you were pregnant, and the days you were carrying the baby. It also has a section for the sadder moments, when you found out the baby was lost, and places for memorials and anniversaries.
The book is especially designed so that if you do not have sonograms or pictures, you can tug those pages out, so no page in your baby’s book is blank.
Leave a comment on this post to win a copy of this book, ideal for families who had children already when they experienced their first loss. Give away happens Oct. 1.
What do you say to your children when the baby brother or sister they were expecting won’t be arriving after all?
In this lovely children’s book, We were gonna have a baby, but we had an angel instead, written by Pat Schwiebert and illustrated by Taylor Bills, a little boy explains about the baby they were expecting, who became an angel instead of coming to live with them.
You can experience the entire book in this video, read by a little boy in honor of his baby brother.
Over at Goodreads, reader Valerie has taken the time to pull out a dozen of her favorite quotes from Baby Dust and post them.
I find lots of reasons to cry these days, happy when fans write me, sad when grieving mothers tell me what they’ve been through. And of course, big day ahead–my first baby would have become a teenager on Sept. 13.
But certainly I was crying that someone would find meaning in those words, meaning enough to take time to share them with a community.