Ways to honor your angel baby who dies in pregnancy or infancy
Honoring your “angel baby” (the child you lost too soon) may be the most healthy and crucial way to cope with a pregnancy loss.
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- Ways to honor your angel baby who dies in pregnancy or infancy
Make an angel baby ornament
Every holiday moving forward is difficult to face after losing a child. Take the opportunity to turn each one into a moment to honor and remember with an ornament. Kennedy’s Angel Gowns started hosting an ornament workshop near Christmas time in 2019. Families now gather annually and share their stories of loss, grief, growth through tears and laughter. It is a community filled with grief yet held together by bravery and strength to live each day. The ornaments are hung on their trees every year with fond memories and remembrance of their infant lost too soon.
Peace of lavender
Lavender is well known for its calming properties from aiding natural sleep, soothing anxiety, reducing stress, and relaxing the mind. Spending the day on a lavender farm or using lavender in creative ways may help create a calming and peaceful time to remember your angel baby. Pick lavender, make pouches of dried lavender to place in rooms or drawers, or purchase products from a local farm to enjoy. The refreshing scent and time outdoors do wonders for the soul too. Enjoy this list of Virginia farms, or find one near you!
Our friends at Dream Weavers Farm in Windsor, Virginia have an online store to purchase products made with lavender. They have plans to expand their business to offer an on-farm shop and workshop as well as an opening to the public to pick.
Sweethaven Lavender in Williamsburg, Virginia, is a “great place to unwind and create memories” from May to July. Plan to walk the gardens and pick a bouquet of lavender to take home and cherish. Opt for an extra special time curled up on a blanket with their picnic basket luncheon. This peaceful setting will be a beautiful spot you’ll love to visit annually in honor of your angel baby.
A visit to Under the Stars Farm in Gloucester, Virginia, also offers lavender picking and currently has memorial plantings. Imagine lavender planted in your angel baby’s memory as a living tribute to benefit present and future generations. What a beautiful and fitting memorial gift.
Lastly, since we are talking about lavender, if you purchase Angel Kisses, a portion of your purchase is donated to Kennedy’s Angel Gowns!
Get a stuffed animal
You can purchase any stuffed animal that suits you best, but non-profit organizations help families of pregnancy and infant loss with a stuffed animal. You can order a customized stuffed animal from Molly Bears online. The demand is high, so be prepared to wait if you plan to purchase for yourself or others as a gift.
Weighted Angels provides local Virginia hospitals with stuffed animals, so their patients don’t leave with empty arms. Check their growing list of hospitals, so you’re aware of their service if you’re at one they support.
Many women we meet feel the need to get involved and give back through their loss experience. Whether you opt to honor your child’s memory through volunteering, donating to our organization in your child’s name, or helping fundraise, you’ll find it changes you. A sense of purpose in the loss and find a community that has shared similar experiences as you.
Attend a memorial event
Kennedy’s Angel Gowns loves to focus on creating opportunities for bereaved families to honor their babies. Throughout the year, you can find various fundraising events that often include a portion of the program dedicated to honoring the participant’s babies.
The Angel Ball is often the highlight for many bereaved families and friends to come together for a special night to honor their babies. The fundraising event is held in the Spring and has a different theme each year. All the babies’ names are read aloud during the program. Sponsorship is a great way to support the pregnancy and infant loss community in addition to attending to honor your baby.
What is your favorite way to remember and honor your angel baby each year? We’d love to read your comment below if you’d like to share it with our followers!