One of my fierce girl friends lost her infant granddaughter on Wednesday. Her daughter and son-in-law lost a child and a piece of their hearts. Her family and her son-in-law’s family lost the blessed addition of an adorable little girl to dote on. But Heaven gained a beautiful, sweet, little angel.
The little angel was born without a heartbeat. A memorial service for her will be held tomorrow. The family asks that those who would like to make memorial contributions can do so to Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep (NILMDTS). NILMDTS is a nonprofit organization that provides the gift of remembrance photography for parents suffering the loss of a baby. Donations can be made at https://www.nowilaymedowntosleep.org/donate/.
I have another friend who lost a grandchild (many years ago now) right after the child’s birth. A similar organization took photos of her grandchild. I know how important these photographs are to the family. God bless the photographers who partner with these organizations and help these families.
I feel sad for my fierce girl and her family. I know their hearts must be broken into a thousand little pieces. I know no words that can remove the pain they are feeling. Instead, I offer a poem written by another parent who lost a newborn child and a fervent prayer for the entire family that they will find some peace with this sad loss.
The world may never notice
If a Snowdrop doesn’t bloom,
Or even pause to wonder
If the petals fall too soon.
But every life that ever forms,
Or ever comes to be,
Touches the world in some small way
For all eternity.
The little one we long for
Was swiftly here and gone.
But the love that was then planted
Is a light that still shines on.
And though our arms are empty,
Our hearts know what to do.
Every beating of our hearts
Says of our love for you.
Day one thousand five hundred and thirty-six of the new forty – obla di obla da