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Honouring Your Baby

"A person's a person no matter how small" Dr Seuss. 

After losing your baby you may find it helpful at the appropriate time for you, to do or create something that marks the loss of your baby and honours their brief life. This can help not only by validating your baby's life, but also bring comfort and healing. You can do this at any time, there is no expiry date on LOVE no matter how much time has passed since you lost your precious baby.

♥ Creating a Space in Your Home

Since Lily died it has been important for me to have a place for her in our home, to include her in our family. She will never fill our home with toys, pictures, laughter, endless clothes washing, or stories from school. But she does fill our home with LOVE.

 

Lily's place is there for all who visit us to see, it has framed pictures of our sweet baby, her ashes, candles, fresh flowers, an angel, a teddy and a number of other little keepsakes and momentos. It changes throughout the year, at the moment with springtime here I have a little Easter bunny and a glass heart painted with flowers. At Christmas time it has pretty little baubles that I had great pleasure buying especially for her space. It is in our lounge where we sit each evening and it is beautiful, especially with the candles lit at night.

 

Creating a space for your child is a beautiful and ongoing experience. You can keep on changing it, collecting things to include, reflecting the seasons and your journey towards healing. It is a place for reflection and connection, I sometimes write a card to Lily saying all the things I need to say to her and place it with her ashes, especially for special dates and anniversaries.

If you have other children it can be a beautiful, gentle way for them to remember and honour their sibling. They can add their own treasures, a drawing or painting, or write a letter, what ever feels natural for them.

I suggest if you do this to photograph it every so often, then as you look back you have documented your journey through grief, you can see how it and you have changed.

 

♥ Creating a Space in Your Garden

This is another lovely way to honour your child. You could plant a special tree or flower, we have a delicate pale pink rose with a beautiful scent, and lillies - of course. 

You could make a mosaic with your baby's name and place it in your garden. There are places where you can buy these if you feel unsure about doing it yourself. You could look at this website for ideas.   www.rememberingourbabies.net for memorial garden stepping stones.

You could dedicate a part of your garden, fill it with flowers and have a little place to sit. The possibilities are many, be creative, and enjoy celebrating your little one. 

 

We wish you a beautiful healing time creating a special space for your child/ren.