Friday, March 9, 2012

IOCC Baby Kits

Jennifer Hock was the source of this idea of something to do in memory of your lost baby.

The International Orthodox Christian Charities organization (IOCC) needs people to put together emergency kits including emergency baby kits. This is from their site:

To assemble a Baby Kit you will need
  • 2 shirts
  • 2 gowns or sleepers
  • 2 receiving blankets
  • 6 cloth diapers
  • 2 diaper pins
  • 1 sweater or sweatshirt
  • 2 washcloths
Wrap items inside one of the receiving blankets and
secure with diaper pins.
You then box this, label it, and mail it to their headquarters in Maryland.

I know that picking out baby things can be heart-wrenching if your loss is very fresh. Don't put yourself through this. If you feel that you are able, this is a nice thing to do as a family, particularly with your surviving children. Read Jennifer's post to see how they did this as a family to commemorate the memory of their lost baby.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Ways to Help

If you have suffered a loss or are close to someone who has, it can ease the ache in your heart a little to reach out to people in similar painful circumstances. One way to do this is to contribute to organizations who put together care packages for premature babies who die shortly after birth, organizations who provide tiny clothing for tiny babies, or who create care packages for parents who miscarry. One woman who has lost two children, a daughter to miscarriage and a son shortly after birth, has created a double ministry in their memory. The page for Evan's Embrace and Julia's Joy can be found here.

I have put the buttons for both ministries and more information about them on the Resources page, but please visit the actual site for the most information and to help.