In Memoriam – Our Baby’s Memorial Service

This afternoon is the day of our daughter Clara’s memorial service. We placed her headstone yesterday, and today we will all gather to remember and honor her. I am dreading this, because it seems so final, even more so than her cremation did. We have debated whether or not we will scatter her ashes at this memorial service, and the end decision is that we’re just not ready. I like having her ashes here, on the bookshelf by our bed, next to her picture, her footprints, and the statue that David bought for me on the day she was born.

Our daughter would be 11 weeks old today. She would be smiling, trying her hardest to flip from back to tummy, making sweet little noises and blowing bubbles at us. Maybe she would be fussy, cutting her first teeth and wanting to nurse around the clock, gearing up for a growth spurt. I wonder which of her sisters she would be most like. I know they would be in love with her, doting big sisters who adore her, because I’ve seen how excellent they are at taking care of their little cousins.

I would give anything for a chance to have our daughter alive today, right now, keeping me awake at 3 in the morning or fast asleep, curled into her daddy’s arm. I would give anything to have seen the sparkle in her eyes, so that I could hold that in my heart forever.

Please think of us — myself, David, Lakin, Addah and Clara — this afternoon. Honor her by remembering that she was here and that she touched our lives in amazing ways. Light a candle, whisper a prayer, think a loving thought, and hug your children and loved ones closer today.

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I'm Heather, a married mama of two teen girls, a stillborn baby girl (7/1/12), and a sweet and wild preschool girl (4/2/14). I've been blogging at The Destiny Manifest since 2001. I like to write about appreciating all of the beautiful little things that surround us, particularly in the face of grief, infant loss and mental health issues. Every day is an adventure!

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  • Oh, I’m so honored you posted today. This just breaks my heart because I remember so vividly, but don’t remember at all, standing over the gravestone for the first time for our son. My prayers are with you, and my hope is that Clara and Charlie are smiling down on ALL of us today.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts. You are so brave to share this piece of yourself.

  • I am so sorry for you loss. I can’t imagine what that’s like. I will be thinking of you and your family.

  • jamie@southmainmuse

    Wow. I’m so very, very sorry. I will pray for you and your family. I wish you find a bit of peace at this time.

  • Kelster

    So so so sorry. Definitely whispering several prayers for you.

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  • Thank you so much for thinking of us.

  • Thank you Jamie. I appreciate your prayers more than I can say.

  • Thank you Anna. It’s unimaginable, even when you’re going through it. No one should ever have to know what this feels like.

  • Thank you Lynda. I don’t feel brave… but I appreciate you saying it. I feel like I’m so close to falling to pieces, and writing about Clara is the only thing I can do to stay sane. I hope that sharing our loss and experience will bring comfort to another grieving mother, and bring awareness to the reality of how many babies are born still every year.

  • Jana, I am grateful that you are hosting Stream of Consciousness Sunday. I couldn’t figure out the words to write about Clara’s memorial… and the 5 minute timer helped tremendously in just letting those feelings pour out. I am so sorry for the loss of your Charlie. It makes me so sad that anyone else has to feel this kind of pain.

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