Wanting to pay it forward & do something kind for a grieving family?
Based on our own personal experience, our 'Celebration of Life' package has been designed to help honour our children in their final moments. We found that in the darkest most vulnerable time of our lives, there wasn’t much assistance or support to ensure we were given the necessary tools needed to navigate important decisions, tasks and conversations, to ensure our daughters last moments in her life were fulfilled to the fullest. We were gifted a baby hamper suited for a still born after losing our precious three-year-old; she was no longer in nappies or needing a swaddle/a newborn beanie. This was disheartening and made us realize so many other families in our position were faced with the same ‘gift’. We knew moving forward we didn’t want any other family given a newborn box after losing a child, after all its idea is to provide some comfort, not to add more disappointment.
With the help of various local businesses, we have been able to put together a package that can be used in the unfortunate event that another family finds themselves facing the sudden loss of their precious child. Each package has been carefully and lovingly considered and will be offered to any parent/carer that finds themselves in a similar situation to us, facing the sudden loss of a child aged between 2-16years old.
These Celebration of Life packs will provide a family with the essentials to give their child the best send-off they deserve without additional worry and stress to their family. A small snapshot on what is included in these boxes are; a disposable camera, a pack of grief healing crystals, x2 teddies (one for the child and one for the family), natural body wash & shampoo/conditioner, face washers, picture books, a scented candle, a lava lamp, a beautifully written grief poem, glitter (for a sprinkle of magic), Luna's Mantra affirmation plaque, inkless print kit, lock of hair bag, note pad & pen, tissues, balloons and a personalised note from Luna's parents (both Jessica & Tim) with some gentle advice from two parents to another.
Celebration of Life packs are part of our 'Supporting Parents and Families' initiative at LCF and are provided to all recipients free of charge, at the hospital. These packs are costly, and we rely solely on the support of generous donations to be able to provide these to families in need. A donation of any size is greatly appreciated to support this initiative.
***Please Note: All Celebration of Life Packs are held at the hospital and are distributed by hospital social workers.