Help Us Fill Empty Arms

As many of you know, I’ve been working with local hospitals for a the last year to provide baby loss memory boxes in honor of the five babies I’ve lost. Although most of this project has been funded by myself and a few close family and friends, I’d love to see this project continue to grow. I’d love to not only provide more boxes for other area hospitals in Northern Minnesota but also include more with them. Currently the contents are simple. Granted, simple is better than nothing at all but my heart keeps tugging toward one specific addition that could mean so much. A teddy bear.

HELP US BRING THESE BEARS HOME

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SPONSOR A BABY LOSS BEAR or MEMORY BOX or MISCARRIAGE GIFT BAG :
Gladly accepting any amount, however a $20 donation
is asked to sponsor a Baby Loss Bear in memory of a child.
I also offer Memory Boxes and Miscarriage Gift Bags.

Donate Button with Credit Cards

Some of you in the loss community are aware of the amazing organization, Molly Bears. They provide a beautiful bear with customization for the exact weight of your lost baby. However, because of the demands they have a LONG wait list. They offer opportunities to put your name to the top of the list, but at a steep price. I wish these families didn’t have to wait months or years for such a simple gift of comfort. We can help change that for our community.

Other organizations have also sponsored teddy bears for loss families, such as 11 Angels (also fiscally sponsored by Star Legacy Foundation) in the Minnesota metro area and Bears of Hope in Australia who both offer a full package of loss materials along with their bears.

You’ve likely heard of “empty arms” but if you haven’t lived through the loss of a baby you’ll never know the depth of that pain. It’s something that I can’t explain fully and nobody should have to endure. My arms, along with my heart, physically and emotionally hurt to a level beyond comprehension. Yes, my arms physically HURT.

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One of the things that provided comfort for me was the ability to hug and hold three stuffed lambs. I never thought I would find such comfort in a stuffed animal as a grown adult, but I did in a very real way. On my darkest nights I grabbed hold of them as tight as I could and prayed for sleep to come quickly.

My new goal for my baby loss memory boxes is the addition of a stuffed bear, of good size and quality, to FILL the aching arms of a grieving family. Read these personal responses from families who received a bear from 11 Angels.

My bear is my most prized possession because he was in the crib with my son and I can still smell him when I hold my bear.

I get a real peace when I see my “Connor” bear sitting on the shelf.  It’s as though my little man Connor is there with me.

I don’t know how to thank you for the things you gave me in the hospital. Everything is so very comforting but the bear is extra special.  Sometimes my arms ache so terribly to hold my daughter so I just rock the bear instead and it makes all the difference in the world.

Will you help me fill this need in Northern Minnesota? (If you’re outside of this area please consider donating to Molly Bears as they send bears around the world; or donate bears or boxes in your own community!) If you feel called to give I’d love your support for either the funding of a box or a bear.

You can find the baby loss memory box donation link and the baby loss bear donation links below. Remember all donations are tax deductible due to our fiscal sponsorship with Star Legacy Foundation. If you’re a baby loss family or friend and you’d like to sponsor a box or bear in memory of a specific child, please be sure to add a comment with your donation. All boxes and bears will include a note in memory of a child so a newly grieving family knows that they are not alone in this loss.

SPONSOR A BABY LOSS BEAR or MEMORY BOX or MISCARRIAGE GIFT BAG :
Gladly accepting any amount, however a $20 donation
is asked to sponsor a Baby Loss Bear in memory of a child.
I also offer Memory Boxes and Miscarriage Gift Bags.

Donate Button with Credit Cards

Nicole Kurtz will be organizing efforts to purchase the first round of bears in memory of her daughter Aurora, born silent on 12.11.2010.