Friday, March 28, 2014

Always a Mother - Guest Post



This is a guest post by my friend Alexa from No Holding Back.  
She has suffered incredible loss, which has shaped her unique voice.  A voice she uses to help other parents navigate their journey of grief after the loss of a child.  
Not content to just survive, she has thrived by seeking out platforms to make a difference in the lives of parents and children in America by focusing on prenatal and infancy care. 
My favorite line in this post is when she lets grieving moms know that they are always mothers.
Beautiful.
Thank you Ms. Alexa for contributing and making us aware of this opportunity to give.

I lost my infant daughter, and when that happened, a whole new world of grieving parents opened up to me. Faces of loss, stories of grief, but most importantly, stories of survival, which have encouraged me and propelled me forward.

One of the common themes we share, whether our loss was an early miscarriages, late pregnancy, infant loss, or an older child, is that desire to make known that we will always be that child's mother. Whether we are mothering them in our arms or in our hearts.

To the grieving moms out there: you are always their mother and you are not alone in this sentiment.

Last year, over thirty parents came together to try to deliver our message and survival tips to grieving parents through the book Sunshine After the Storm: A Survival Guide for the Grieving Mother. When we talked about our goals for the book, we wanted the overarching theme to be hope and encouragement. We want all grieving parents to know that they are not alone, and that it is okay to grieve, to miss that baby, and to let them know you are their mother.

After we published the book, we wanted to go one step further. We want to raise money to donate this book to as many hospitals, bereavement groups, and bereavement support groups as I possibly can.

So... we created a non profit organization: Sunshine After the Storm, Inc. Through this organization we have already donated more than 50 books.

But we want to go one step further.

Introducing the Mother's Day Campaign

This very special campaign is to raise enough money to donate 100 or more books to hospitals and bereavement groups for Mother's Day. You are always their mother.


In addition, 10% of all funds raised will be donated by Sunshine After the Storm, Inc. to Donna's Good Things, the March for Babies (March of Dimes), Mommy to Mommy outreach, Fetal Hope, the TTTS Foundation, Molly Bears, Teeny Tears, and Mikayla's Grace. (Yes, we need to raise a LOT of money!)

And we wanted to do one more thing.


In honor of International Bereaved Mother's Day, which is May 4th, the Sunday before Mother's Day, we will draw winners for some amazing prizes that have been graciously donated for this cause.
We invite everyone to participate in the Giveaway - you do not have to be a grieving parent, we just ask that you make a donation to the Campaign.


Mother's Day Campaign

(If you have something you'd like to add to the donation list, it's not too late to join us! Just email me at katbiggie1@gmail.com and we will get your donation added!)

There's only one thing you have to do to be entered into the drawing.

Go and donate at least $5 to our fundraising campaign. 
(It costs us roughly $8 for each book donated)

That's it.

Because after all, this is our Mother's Day Campaign, but we can't do it without your help!

Enter the Giveaway HERE:

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