Sunshine After The Storm – Support for Grieving Parents

Mother's Day Giveaway 2014

On July 1, 2012, my infant daughter was born silently into the world, and when that happened, a whole new world of grieving parents opened up to me. Faces of loss, stories of grief, but most importantly, stories of survival, which have encouraged me and propelled me forward.

One of the common themes we share, whether our loss was an early miscarriages, late pregnancy, infant loss, or an older child, is that desire to make known that we will always be that child’s mother. Whether we are mothering them in our arms or in our hearts.

To the grieving moms out there: you are always their mother and you are not alone in this sentiment.

Last year, over thirty parents came together to try to deliver our message and survival tips to grieving parents through the book Sunshine After the Storm: A Survival Guide for the Grieving Mother. When we talked about our goals for the book, we wanted the overarching theme to be hope and encouragement. We want all grieving parents to know that they are not alone, and that it is okay to grieve, to miss that baby, and to let them know you are their mother.

After we published the book, we wanted to go one step further. We want to raise money to donate this book to as many hospitals, bereavement groups, and bereavement support groups as I possibly can.

So… we created a non profit organization: Sunshine After the Storm, Inc. Through this organization we have already donated more than 50 books.

But we want to go one step further.

Introducing the Mother’s Day Campaign

This very special campaign is to raise enough money to donate 100 or more books to hospitals and bereavement groups for Mother’s Day. You are always their mother.

In addition, 10% of all funds raised will be donated by Sunshine After the Storm, Inc. to Donna’s Good Things, the March for Babies (March of Dimes), Mommy to Mommy outreach, Fetal Hope, the TTTS Foundation, Molly Bears, Teeny Tears, and Mikayla’s Grace. (Yes, we need to raise a LOT of money!)

And we wanted to do one more thing.

In honor of International Bereaved Mother’s Day, which is May 4th, the Sunday before Mother’s Day, we will draw winners for some amazing prizes that have been graciously donated for this cause.

We invite everyone to participate in the Giveaway – you do not have to be a grieving parent, we just ask that you make a donation to the Campaign.

Mother's Day Campaign

(If you have something you’d like to add to the donation list, it’s not too late to join us! Just email Alexa at katbiggie1@gmail.com and we will get your donation added!)

There’s only one thing you have to do to be entered into the drawing.

Go and donate at least $5 to our fundraising campaign. (It costs us roughly $8 for each book donated)

That’s it.

Because after all, this is our Mother’s Day Campaign, but we can’t do it without your help!

Molly Bears Fundraiser and Thank You!

Molly Bears Fundraiser Countdown - 5 days left!
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Have you heard about Molly Bears? Molly Bears was founded in 2010 by Bridget Crews, in memory of her stillborn daughter, Molly. There are many volunteers on the Molly Bears team who work to create custom weighted bears for families who have lost a baby or child up to 12 months old.

We are the grateful recipients of a custom weighted “Clara Bear”, thanks to the Molly Bears team, and the generous and loving donations of the ladies in my June 2012 due date group – the June Bugs. The same donation also provided a memory bear for a fellow due date group member, Missy, who lost her son Blake to SIDS at 6 months old, as well as bears for 9 other people on the Molly Bears waiting list. I cannot tell you how thoughtful and supportive these ladies have been to me over the past almost-10 months since Clara died.

Our bear is beautiful and weighs exactly 7 pounds 9 ounces – Clara’s birth weight. It’s been so long since I’ve felt her weight in my arms, and it means the world to me to have this memory bear. My suggestion for decoration on our bear was “pink and/or purple, maybe butterflies or fairies?” – because I really wasn’t sure what I wanted, but David draws a lot of butterflies and fairies. Our bear has pink and purple bows in her ears, and a fairy patch with butterfly wings on her belly. It’s perfect… no one could have done a better job.

Molly Bears Fundraiser - 60% of all art sales at www.GraphiteWeb.com until July 1 will be donated to Molly Bears!

Lakin and Addah love this darling bear. They never got to hold Clara (or see her except in pictures, because I thought it would upset them), so they are really enjoying getting to hold “her” now. They’ve been taking turns taking care of her, and Addah made her a little bed in the living room. It’s very sweet, and I dare say their tween attitudes have improved since our special bear arrived. Of course, who knows how long that will last, but we can hope!

The Molly Bears’ goal is to provide a bear for every set of empty arms, to place supportive and educational literature in every hospital and to fund SIDS and infant loss research efforts. Each bear costs an average of about $45.00 to create, and the Molly Bears team spends in excess of $2,000 each month on shipping fees! They rely on donations, so that they can provide every pair of empty arms with a special bear.

From now until July 1, we are donating 100% of every sale of David’s artwork to Molly Bears. There are cards, prints, postcards and canvas art of fairies, mermaids, dragons and fairy tales for sale. Something for everyone… and he does custom work too, so if you don’t see something you like, send us an email and he’ll see what he can do. Remember, 100% of every sale goes straight to Molly Bears on July 1, in honor of Clara Edith and my wonderful friends, the June Bugs! Please help us to spread the word and raise some money for this wonderful cause!

100% of all art sales at www.GraphiteWeb.com until July 1 will be donated to Molly Bears! @eatherhaelo

Team Bee Bear Bunny – March for Babies

My family has very personal reasons for supporting the March of Dimes – our daughters, who have all been personally affected by prematurity and stillbirth. Addah was born early, at 33.5 weeks, and she spent 10 long days in the NICU before she was able to come home. Last July, her baby sister Clara was stillborn at 42 weeks 3 days, yet her memory lives on, always. We all mourn the loss of Clara, no one more so than her two sisters.

These girls are so important to us, and we support the March of Dimes in their mission to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. Every day, thousands of babies are born too soon, too small and often very sick. Through their research and outreach, we can help those who need it the most.

We are walking in the March for Babies on April 27. 2013 in Greenville, SC, to do our part, for our daughters and for every family that has been touched by premature birth and infant loss, and we need your help.

Please support us, even if you aren’t able to walk with us. You can visit the Team Bee Bear Bunny page to make a secure donation, if you are so inclined, and you can join our team if you’re local to us and want to participate. We would be thrilled to have you join us!

Thank you for helping us give all babies a healthy start!

March for Babies - Team Bee Bear Bunny