Today, August 19, is Day of Hope. Click here to visit the Day of Hope website.
This endeavour was organised by Carly Dudley of The Grief Effect, as August 19 is the anniversary of the day Carly began writing names of babies in the sand.
Carly says it best herself: "On August 19th we want hospitals from all over the world to be flooded with memory boxes. We encourage all people to take part in this special event regardless of whether they have lost a child or not. By doing this, together we break down the barriers of child loss being a taboo subject in society."
I donated memory boxes, Bears of Hope and copies of Stephanie Paige Cole's book Still to the hospital where Sybella was born today. They were warmly received by the Social Work staff.
In each box, I had a hat, booties, one of Carly's infant loss sympathy cards, blanket, a peace candle, a keepsake "faith" angel, disposable camera, Bears of Hope pamphlet, a Bear of Hope (with Sybella's name and birthday on the little tag) and a copy of Still (with a dedication to Sybella on the inside cover, my email address and Born Still's web address). That way, the family knows that they are not alone...that someone else has endured the same thing that they have.
A very sucessful day, all in all. As we work to promote Day of Hope, the coming years should bring about even more awareness.
Thank you all for your support. xx