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The boxes have been made available to Northumberland Hills Hospital in hopes they might provide some solace for parents about to go home with empty arms. In putting them together, Ms. Bailey enlisted the help of Sally Duncan to knit the tiny outfits for the boxes. Other volunteers some of whom had lost children of their own suggested other items that might be of comfort.

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´╗┐Memory Boxes evoke losses of yesterday

The frame is for a photo of the baby that volunteer Peggy McCarthy can take. Ms. McCarthy is a volunteer with the Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep infant bereavement foundation and has done such work through Toronto hospitals.

Ms. Bailey came up with the idea of Infant Memory Boxes for these parents a project Hospice has used successfully with older mourners as a place to keep the mementoes of someone who has died. Ms. Bailey believed it was needed no less by parents who have lost a new baby.

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With herself as co facilitator, she hopes to get the message across that it's better to talk about this loss than to be stoic, as so many bereaved mothers were expected to do in the past.

"Sometimes they just want a shot of the feet or the back of the head, sometimes the parents holding the baby," Ms. Crowther said. "It's just something to take home with them."

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40 years later or more, they could open up and cry because they had so much grief around this. The fact that we are honouring these parents and children really meant something to these women. You could see their faces change, because they'd lost children and nothing was said. Sometimes they didn't even see the baby and, if you Balenciaga Velo Crossbody

Ms. Crowther recalls that process as "an outpouring of love from these older women who, when they lost their children 40 or 50 years ago, were told, 'Get over it. You can have another baby. Go home and forget about it.'

"Even if it was 25 Bottega Veneta Milano Intrecciato Leather Tote or 30 years ago, that child was alive," she stated. "When nobody mentions it, when people have forgotten what the mother went through, that's another loss. There's so much they need to talk about.

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Parents generally plan for a baby with enormous love and anticipation. Program coordinator Peggy Crowther believes its two components might provide a measure of comfort to those who have suffered that particular wrenching loss, whether it was last year or decades ago.

The parents can dress the baby in the tiny outfit provided and have it photographed as they wish. They can fill in the birth announcement to keep. They can jot their thoughts in the notebook, sometimes even years later perhaps on a Christmas or on the baby's birthday.

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didn't see it, you wonder was it real?"

Displaying one such box, Ms. Crowther gently takes out the contents a bunny print flannel gown, a preemie sized knitted ensemble, a fuzzy blue blanket, a small brown teddy bear, a notebook, a blank birth announcement in its envelope, an empty frame.

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