So what is a Memory Box?
"A keepsake box or memory box,
typically made from wood, is used for storing mementos of a special
time, event or person. They are often created or purchased to mark
life's major events like a christening, wedding, birthday or First Holy Communion.
They may also be given for sad occasions of bereavement, such as the stillbirth of a child, when a keepsake/memory box helps with the grieving process. This sort of a keepsake box may be personalised with a person's name, design or picture." Wikipedia
Each Memory Box is filled with:-
- two teddies (one for Mum & Dad, one to stay with baby)
- an inkless hand/footprint kit (using a reactive paper and special wipe
so no messy inkpad)
- a small box to keep precious items in
- 3D casting of hands and feet where possible
- notebook and pen for important information, memories or thoughts
- books on grief and loss
- a children's book
- ceramic remembering hearts
- a curl box
- a sympathy card and letter from us including a list of ‘essential photos to take’ and
may wish to do’ (available in English, Portuguese and Polish)
- support information
- a beautiful hand crafted baby book that could also be used as a condolence book or journal
addition, we have donated a dedicated digital camera for the
Maternity Unit 'Family Room', with a supply of memory cards for
parents to use and take home.
The books are:-
'Saying Goodbye' by Zoe Clark-Coates
Losing a baby, whether through miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death, leaves so many parents lost in grief and full of unanswered questions. Zoe Clark-Coates, and her husband Andy, have personally faced the loss of five babies, now share their story.
This book shares their loss and alongside this are 90 days of daily support for those who are grieving, offering comfort and hope during the difficult days, weeks and months.
This book was launched during Baby Loss Awareness Week in October 2017 and quickly become an Amazon bestseller.
'Empty Cradle, Broken Heart:- Surviving the Death of Your
Baby' by Deborah L Davis
I found this book very useful and took a lot of comfort from knowing that some of what I was going through were normal feelings.
In recent years it has become much weightier and more academic, but we still feel it is a useful book to dip in to and continue to provide it.