Little Snowdrop

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  

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.

Little Snowdrop

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

Ms. C

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I teach at NDSU...but I remain a student of life with all the enthusiasm that entails. My favorite saying is, "Sometimes you have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down." In the new forty that is what I am doing...building my wings.
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7 Responses to Little Snowdrop

  1. PrairieWoman says:

    Thank you, Carol. You have no idea how much your friendship and support means to me.

  2. Abra says:

    Beautifully put!

  3. Lady Wolfen Mists says:

    I can not imagine such pain but my heart is open for all of you, I am deeply sorry and send you all the loving support I can

  4. Jan Boe says:

    I lost a great-nephew almost 3 years ago at 5 days old. He never moved, smiled or cried. At full term he was such a beautiful little boy. I had never heard of “Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep” but they were there to provide memories for my nephew and niece. I am forever thankful to them for their time and attention to little Sampson. Everything was free and a CD set to music was provided. I’ve never asked to see it but I got to at least hold that precious little boy. Because of those photographers our family’s will get to see his beauty forever.

  5. B-dubya says:

    Beautiful article–and what a wonderful organization.

  6. Katherine says:

    Photographs to touch the heart. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Linda Tvedt says:

    We have lost 2 grandsons shortly after birth. The nurses at the hospital not only took pictures, but compiled a photobook for the bereft parents to go home with. And someone makes quiltsto wrap these babies in, so the parents have something to keep that was used by their child. Awesome kindnesses at a time when nothing makes sense!

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