Samantha is a our beautiful little girl who went to heaven on January 27, 2011. She was 17 weeks old when we experienced a miscarriage. As parents of a child who went to heaven instead of home with us, we have been finding ways to honor our little girl. We have been doing different things to honor our little girl. The sky is the limit of what you can do to honor your little one. Follow your heart and do what means the most to you. Do what is special.
While at the hospital the nurse made sure that Samantha was weighed, her hand prints & footprints were done, and pictures were taken. They also made sure we had a keepsake box to take home with us. That keepsake box has gone from one box to two now. The next day we were able to press her tiny little hands and feet into clay.
A week later we took part in a memorial service on February 5, 2011. It was a beautifully done service at Resurrection Cemetery. Samantha, along with the families of 25 other little one’s gathered on this special day. Afterwards, we had Samantha’s name written on the memorial wall at the Children’s Memorial Wall and Healing Garden in Resurrection Cemetery.
In late Spring I came across Carly Marie and her website. She lost a little one of her own and now she uses her gift of photography. She writes names in the sand on Christian’s Beach in Australia and then takes a photo at sunset capturing all the beauty in the water, sky, and your little one’s name. I decided to have Samantha’s name added to the waiting list and on June 24 (the same day my niece was born and Raun’s birthday as well) I received Samantha’s name photo. It is truly beautiful!
Shortly after we lost Samantha I had the urge, the need to create a blog and website. MyInfantLoss.com was created out of this feeling and realizing this is a way I could get our story out there, and hopefully help other’s who are on this path too, as well as connect with them. Raun had a memorial necklace made for me that: has footprints stamped into a heart shape, Samantha’s initials (SJL) on the back, and two crystals-one is her January birthstone and the other is the July birthstone that represents her due date. Raun’s mom also gave us a memorial garden stone that in Spring we can make a little memorial garden. At Christmas time we added a dragonfly, blessing, and poem by me to our Christmas cards.
Many other good things came out of our loss. Raun began a website talking about living the backyard life-http://www.backyardlifeblog.com. We now have a completely different perspective on life and we do only what means the most to us.