I am the parent of a little girl so deeply wanted. During my 4th pregnancy I discovered at 20 weeks my daughter had a hole in her diaphragm. This small hole allowed her lower organs to protrude into her chest cavity crowding out her heart and lungs. My doctor gave Grace a 50% chance at life. I was heartbroken. After an amnio I found out that Grace has a trisomy which was incompatable with life. The doctor advised me to terminate.
I did not.
I gave Grace life.
Grace lived for 33 hours then passed from my arms into the Warm Arms of her Heavenly Father.
I have 5 living children: Jason, Victoria, Nicholas, Joshua and Emmaus. I have 3 sweet babies in Heaven: Grace and her twin sister and brother, Brady (4-01-04) and Hannah (4-05-04)
A guiding hand throughout your journey:
Bearers of Grace welcomes your donations of teddy bears to our ministry. We accept gently loved bears to donate to others who have a child in Heaven. We humbly accept financial assistance as well as supplies of materials we use for our folders and papers. We gladly accept your story which may be used to heal anothers broken heart. Knowing there are other parents who know our deep grief is healing to our hearts. We would be honored to donate or purchase a bear in your loved ones memory or honor.
My foundation provides compassionate caring support as well as a listening ear and heart to a parent or parents who have a child in Heaven. I create an opportunity to honor the memory of your child and to share the hope and promise of God's grace and mercy.
When I am contacted about a childs death I will bring a donated bear to the funeral home (you may also request to have one sent to an address). The bear is used for families to hold to give to a younger sibling or to be placed along side your child.
Each bear has been prayed over and loved upon. Additionally, you will receive a folder of helpful information during this time of loss. If you choose to have a bear donated to another family, we ask that you supply a bible verse of your choosing or one can be provided for you. I welcome your prayers as this is a difficult Journey for me as well.
These are some comments from other parents who have a child in Heaven. There is no right or wrong way to heal and cope with your grief:
Please don't let people tell you that grief has a time limit. It does not.
Donna - Mom
You have every right to be sad. You have every right to want to talk about your child. You have every right to cry long and cry hard. I did. This isn't a 'woman' thing. This is 'a parent missing their child' thing.
Grief is a rollercoaster ride. Often twisting and turning with no sense or reason. Then just when it feels like you are coasting, the bottom falls out again.
Teri - Mom to Riley
Ensure that you include your living children in the healing process. Allow them to grieve the loss of their sibling. If needed enlist teachers and pastors.
Losing a child changes you. People need to get to know the new you.
Lisa - Mom to Grace, Brady & Hannah