A Memory Box of Treasures

I’ve done a lot of thinking and remembering in these last few days leading up to Clara’s first birthday. Earlier this week, I went through the memory box that we received from the hospital, taking time to appreciate these treasures that help us capture our short time with Clara.

We have a stack of cards from dear friends. We have a lock of Clara’s soft dark hair. We have her hand prints and footprints, both in ink and in ceramic. I am immeasurably grateful for each piece of treasured memorabilia. They are all we have left, and they are irreplaceable.

At the bottom of the memory box, I found the poem that my sister-in-law Mishelle read at Clara’s memorial service. It is lovely and brings tears to my eyes.

Of course, nearly everything does that these days.

It is cathartic to remember, to mentally experience all of those sensations and emotions again. We have many photographs that I haven’t looked at since last July. It is heartbreaking to look at them now. I had already forgotten so many details of my poor sweet baby’s beautiful face and body.

It is sad to remember, but it is good to remember.

Memory Box Poem - These Are My Footprints #grief

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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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  • Alyssa Troyan

    Crying for you, with you. Hugs.

  • TaMara

    Hugs to you! This has to be such a difficult time. What a touching poem.

    Thanks for linking up over at Tales of a Pee Dee Mama

  • Ok, so I just starting bawling like a baby reading that poem and seriously so beautiful and so poignant. My love and hugs to you Heather and seriously here for you if you need anything.

    • Thank you for all of your support and love, Janine.

  • That is absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing it. Thinking of you.

  • caffchronicles

    Thank you for sharing, and my prayers to your family for continued healing and love!

    http://fluffimama.blogspot.com/

  • That is so beautiful and brought me to tears – keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. ((HUGZ!!))

    Snaggletooth Ginger Kitty

  • ruchira

    sending you Positive energy to heal.

    Hugs!

  • angie

    SENDING you a big hug during this hard time.

  • Considerer

    That’s a gorgeous poem. I’m so pleased your memory box is so full – mine has a poem I wrote, and will have their names inside it, but there is nothing tangible of them – it was too early.

    • I am so sorry for your loss. I’m sorry that you don’t have as many tangible items. Much love to you!

  • Eve

    Love and hugs…

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  • splendidlittlestars

    aawww….sweet. sending you hugs.

  • Beth Bass

    You will be great at homeschooling.