…ah Supertramp..love that song….
My blog is about our life. Our family. Our friends. Our fur babies. Our travels. But today, I’m going to talk about a very large part of our lives. A very important part. Giving back….
Mike and I are proud to be part of Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep . Our mission is to provide the gift of professional portraiture due to infant loss. Volunteer photographers around the world provide their services to devastated families, who will not have the privilege of bringing their precious babies home from hospital.
Our journey started with one emotional, heartfelt statement:- “Auntie Robin, it was what helped us heal”…….
From that moment, I knew what I needed to do when I retired. Although I initially took this calling on by myself, my wonderful husband Mike (Mikey) also understood the importance and the lack of volunteers needed to assist the too many families in need and joined the crusade as a Photographer Assistant. He is the light of my life, both literally and figuratively, providing assistance with lighting and much more…I’ve got the vision, Mikey has the technical genius. But most important, empathy. Together we work toward capturing the raw emotion of the moment – love.
During the darkest, most tragic time of a bereaved parents early days, they allow us into their lives; not to capture death – but to capture love. These moments, forever frozen in time will be a lifetime reminder of a little one that, decided by a higher power, will live only in their hearts.
Many of you reading this will remember the times when we didn’t talk about babies born still. They were whisked away from their mothers, never allowing the time to cradle, whisper words of love, to properly grieve the most emotional, important time needed for a parent to validate this little life that ended too soon.
With permission, this loving family has allowed us to share with you this intimate moment – saying good-bye…
Sometime when others discover what we do, they often ask..”How can you do this?”… We respond…”How can we not?”
Here are a couple of thank you notes from our parents –
“(We) wanted to thank you again for your increditly generous gift. Words cannot express the deep emotions we experienced in receiving both the beautiful photos and your visit to the hospital. The kindness and humanity of you, as complete strangers during our time of loss overwhelmed us, and we will always remember you both for that wonderful gift. The photos are stunning and will be with us forever, as will your kindness.”
“Words cannot express our gratitude and appreciation for you both. We hope you realize that what you do for families of loss is so precious. We only have pictures to look at of (our baby) and they mean the world to us.”
We need your help! Not a photographer? No problem. There are many other ways to volunteer :-
Count your blessings, gather your inner strength and offer the gift you have to others…you won’t regret it. This is your call to action…If you are not in a position to help, please pass this on to others you know who may consider providing this priceless gift.
Through most of my life, I have often wondered “what is my purpose?” I’ve finally found it…
I’ll leave you with this…..
Life is (still) good……