When a family loses a child to miscarriage/stillbirth or infant death, there is tremendous grief. We have seen first-hand that there is a desperate need in our community for positive support and resources for the various challenges that life brings. One of these challenges is finding hope and healing after pregnancy or infant loss.
What is a HOPE Box?
HOPE Boxes are for ANY individual or family that has lost a baby through any type of infant loss. One in four pregnancies end in miscarriage and in Canada, every 6 in 1,000 pregnancies end in stillbirth. Many times, this kind of loss is very isolating, confusing and deeply emotional for the parents. There is often a lack of resources to help with the grieving process. With a lack of support, many families, women in particular, struggle with feeling alone. Some of you may have experienced this loss first-hand and realize that acknowledging the life of a child, as short as it may have been, is tremendously helpful in the healing process and finding hope!
HOPE Boxes are decorative boxes filled with items of hope – a lovely devotional book called “Grieving the Child I Never Knew” on infant loss that walks through the grieving process, a journal, pen, note cards, brochure on miscarriage/infant loss, resource list (includes resources for dads and how to talk about the loss of a sibling), local resources, websites and online groups, a small package of perennial “forget-me-not” seeds with a small pot to plant in honour of the child that has passed on, etc. We want the families who receive the box to feel loved, cared for and encouraged. We also include information about Pregnancy and Infant Loss Network which offers online and phone support in Ontario.
If you know of a family who could benefit from a HOPE Box, please contact us. We would be pleased to help. Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us at 613.332.HOPE (4673).
If you are interested in sponsoring a box to help a family through their time of grief, please contact us!