Name your baby If you don’t know the gender of your baby, use a gender-neutral name or a nickname. To look up the meaning of a name, click here. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Create a memory box, collage, or shadowbox You can decorate a box yourself or purchase one that is already decorated.
Create a baby album or storybook using your keepsakes and photos
If you are interested in creating a storybook, you can consult with Betty Miller, a Heritage Makers representative. Her first son was born 16 weeks too early and only lived for 2 short weeks. The storybook that she created for him is a celebration of his life and includes the only photos that they have of him as well as his entire life story. Writing her baby's story was very healing and helped to restore peace in her heart.
From Betty Miller, "Project Storybooks for Healing is my personal vision to "Bind Hearts Together" by helping other bereaved families create special storybooks in memory of their loved one. Let's sit together and weave your heritage into storybooks that will last forever. After all, every story deserves a book of its own."
My family was interviewed by our local news to talk about Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness. Grab a tissue before you watch: http://tinyurl.com/5t74gg
Create beautiful memorial artwork. The Kendall Keepsake Foundation was created in memory of Kendall Mackenzie Cribb. The mission of the foundation is helping families that are expecting the loss of an infant at birth create hand and foot print art specific to the families wants or needs. Keepsakes to keep with us and remind us that our babies are still with us once they're gone. http://www.kendallkeepsake.org/Home_Page.php
Write a letter to your baby. Talk about your plans for all your futures, your hopes and dreams.
Abbey Press Abbey Press has a pendant in the shape of a teardrop with a rose in the center to signify Loss and never ending love, baby foot print pins, angel pins, and angel necklaces. www.abbeypress.com
The March of Dimes Bereavement Kit for Parents Includes an envelope with sections to put keepsakes, photos, ultrasound pictures, and designated lines for information about the baby. Call 1-888-MODIMES or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sara's Smile, Inc Non-profit organization created for the sole purpose of comforting bereaved mothers with a Sara Bear www.sarasmile.org
HAIN (Heavenly Angels in Need) Non-profit organization providing baby clothing and memory boxes to hospitals in their effort to help "families one angel at a time" heavenlyangelsinneed.com/index.html
The Comfort Company Sympathy poems and cards and bereavement and condolence gift ideas with the hope of bringing comfort and remembrance to those who are grieving www.thecomfortcompany.net
My Forever Child Memorial keepsakes, remembrance jewelry, and sympathy gifts to comfort those touched by the loss of a child, no matter what age. They also have pieces for trying to conceive with positive affirmations and metaphysical gemstones for fertility and pregnancy support. www.myforeverchild.com/store/Default.asp
Trees for a Change Memorial Trees & Sympathy Gifts Planting a tree as a memorial gift is a thoughtful way to express your sympathy and allow the memory of someone special to live on.
A Place to Remember Support and memorial materials for those who have been touched by a crisis in pregnancy or the death of a baby including special baby books, music, keepsake items, and cards www.aplacetoremember.com
Hanami Prints Offers a safe place to honor the brief but beautiful life of a much loved and much missed child. Remembrance gifts to help you through the most difficult of journeys – learning to live without your child. Specialize in g unique items that can be personalized with your photos, your thoughts, or your words http://hanamiprints.com/zencart/
Birthstone Jewelry Make or purchase jewelry using your baby’s birthstone.
January Gemstone: Garnet January Birthstone Color: Deep Red
February Gemstone: Amethyst February Birthstone Color: Purple
March Gemstone: Aquamarine, Bloodstone March Birthstone Color: Pale Blue
April Gemstone: Diamond April Birthstone Color: White, Clear
May Gemstone: Emerald May Birthstone Color: Green
June Gemstone: Pearl, Moonstone, Alexandrite June Birthstone Color: White or Purple
July Gemstone: Ruby July Birthstone Color: Red
August Gemstone: Peridot, Sardonyx August Birthstone Color: Pale Green
September Gemstone: Sapphire September Birthstone Color: Deep Blue
October Gemstone: Opal, Pink Tourmaline October Birthstone Color: Multi-color, Pink
November Gemstone: Citrine, Yellow Topaz November Birthstone Color: Yellow
December Gemstone: Blue Topaz, Turquoise December Birthstone Color: Blue