One of the most meaningful gifts I’ve ever been given is a tiny pendant that says ‘baby’ on it- a memorial to the baby that I lost last summer. It was given to me the week that would’ve been the baby’s due date, and it was, and continues to be, such a special reminder of that little life. In fact, as I prepare to give birth to my daughter in just a few short weeks, I am assembling a labor prayer necklace with beads from my friends and family- and that pendant will be included on the necklace.
As we’ve discussed before, showing support to someone who is walking through a miscarriage or infant loss is extremely difficult, especially if you’ve never walked down that road yourself. While there are great ways to show your love and encouragement, I want to introduce you to a beautiful and thoughtful organization that I learned of recently that’s doing a great job of helping memorialize these little ones.
The Smallest Gift is a nonprofit organization based in Central PA that was born out of the losses of two families, and their desire to both memorialize their babies and encourage mothers who are walking the same painful path. They reach out to these families and provide a FREE blanket and weighted heart- made to the weight of the baby. In addition, they supply local hospitals with comfort gifts that can be given to families after a loss, and provide education to the community and healthcare professionals on infant loss.
If you, or someone that you know, has suffered the loss of a pregnancy or infant in the past year, and is living in the United States, you can request for them to be sent a FREE blanket and weighted heart in their memory here. They also have a thorough resource guide here. You can also volunteer to make blankets and hearts!