Baby Loss Memory Boxes

SPONSOR A BABY LOSS BEAR or MEMORY BOX or MISCARRIAGE GIFT BAG :
Gladly accepting any amount, however a $30 donation is asked to sponsor a Memory Box in memory of a child. I also offer Baby Loss Bears and Miscarriage Gift Bags.

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I don’t have the words to fully explain what it’s like to give birth to three beautiful children and watch them die in your arms. We miss you Alice, Elliot and Alexis. This is a pain nobody should have to endure and yet too many do. I received some of the most beautiful clothes and blankets for my children when they were born at 22 weeks, weighing about 1 pound each (thank you Threads of Love). I’m forever grateful for the few items I received yet after meeting other loss parents I realized that there were so many resources that could have helped me during the most painful time of my life. I wanted to give back in memory of Alice, Elliot and Alexis and try to comfort the empty arms and hurting hearts of other parents leaving that silent hospital room.BWM_BearsBoxes

It started with five bags donated on my triplets’ first birthday. I knit a blanket for each similar to the one I had received. I added some soft kleenex, a candle and a few beautiful loss books. Months later I found a sale on photo boxes at Michaels. I had purchased a similar box for my babies’ keepsakes before their funeral. I filled my cart with boxes. I stumbled upon some beautiful ceramic birds included them too. I added ribbon, flower seeds, photo albums and candles to my cart and checked out of the store that day with a mission and hope that I could help another grieving heart.

I started building my boxes and was blessed with help from my family and friends. We gathered one evening and put them all together with love and prayer for each life that those boxes represented. I was able to include the loss book Empty Arms thanks to a donation from author Sherokee Ilse (thank you!). I donated fifteen boxes (including several for multiples like my children) to the hospital where my babies were delivered in time for the one year anniversary of their due date.

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Months later I kept gathering supplies for more boxes. My sister-in-law Amy graciously offered to make flannel blankets and purchased many of the supplies for the next donation. I came across a video that another beautiful loss mom, Carly Marie from Australia, made to show how she makes her memory boxes. Feel free to watch if you’re interested in doing this in your area! She had moisturizer on her list of items to include. What a beautiful idea to have a scent connected with the memory of your child (for me it’s the soap my dear friend had given me for the hospital room while I was on bed rest).

Each item in a memory box is included in hopes that a family can take time to make memories with their child before they must say goodbye, honor them after they’ve passed, or practice self-care when they’ve come home with empty arms.

In addition to the memory box, I also offer Baby Loss Bears to help fill the empty arms of these hurting families. For people facing the loss of a baby early in gestation or perhaps not comfortable taking the larger memory box, I also provide a smaller memory gift bag with similar comfort items.

Make A Difference : How You Can Help

Tax Deductible Donations:

Have you suffered the devastating loss of a child? I’m so sorry if you have. If you’re able to give $30 (or more), I’d be honored to create a memory box to be donated in memory of a child/ren you’ve lost. Consider making a donation below with a simple click and include the name of your child in the notes.

SPONSOR A BABY LOSS BEAR or MEMORY BOX or MISCARRIAGE GIFT BAG :
Gladly accepting any amount, however a $30 donation is asked to sponsor a Memory Box in memory of a child. I also offer Baby Loss Bears and Miscarriage Gift Bags.

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This project is fiscally sponsored by Star Legacy Foundation (a non-profit dedicated to stillbirth research and education) and your donations are tax deductible! 

If you sponsor a box through our donation link, please be sure to make note of the baby’s name the box is in memory or honor of. This name will be included on a card in that box helping these families know that they’re not alone.

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Materials Donations:

  • Hand knit/crocheted baby blankets, hats and burial gowns of varying sizes from about 20 weeks to full term (Here is more information from Star Legacy as well as premie sizing and some patterns.) Keep them soft and flexible fabric/yarn. Consider a stretchy or rolled/folded edge on hats so they can be adjusted easily. Gender specific orneutral colors are welcome.
  • Flannel blankets. These can be either store bought or hand sewn. I include as small as 17″x17″ up to full term size. Keep them soft and thin so they can be swaddled and folded if necessary. Please keep fabrics appropriate with small patterns and soft colors so they don’t distract from baby in pictures. Remember this is likely the only item they’ll be photographed in apart from a gown.
  • Cash donations help me most so I’m able to order items in bulk through my fiscal sponsor, Star Legacy Foundation.

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Remember Your Hospitals:

If you’re feeling inspired and want to give back, find a group of friends and consider doing this for a hospital near you! It’s often the smallest gifts that mean the most.

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Disclosure: I received no compensation for this post.

8 thoughts on “Baby Loss Memory Boxes

    • blessedwithmore says:

      I’m so glad to hear that! I encourage you not to put pressure on yourself. Do as little or as much as you’re able when you know your heart is ready. My first donation was five simple gift bags. God bless you!

  1. Becki O'Brien says:

    These are amazing Janelle. I’m sorry for you and the many others that suffer from such a tragic loss. Bless your heart!

  2. Lauren says:

    This is a beautiful mission. I will be making some for the hospital where I lost my daughter. There was a nurse there at the time who took pictures and foot prints for me. I would not have had anything to memorialize Sophia without the TLC of that angel nurse. It is time to pass the love forward. Thank you for the inspiration.
    Blessings to you,
    Lauren

    • blessedwithmore says:

      I’m so sorry for your loss Lauren. I’m glad to hear that you’re in a place where you’re able to give back in her memory. One little life can truly make a difference if you let that love spread to others suffering this loss. I’m happy to help if you have questions about anything for your boxes. I’d love to see a picture if you’re able to share!

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