Image by Colleen O’Shea Photography
We hope you will join us for our first event of 2018! We will enjoy coffee and snacks while painting the base coat on memory boxes to be donated to Riverside Methodist Hospital. These memory boxes are so special to the families who receive them. They hold precious memories of their babies, like their hospital wristbands, any imprints of their hands or feet, and any outfits or blankets they wore. Sadly, as we know is inevitable, Riverside is always in need of more boxes and the nursing staff there has indicated this is the most helpful item we can provide them.
At the event, we will paint a solid base coat on the boxes. This takes minimal artistic skill, so don’t worry if you feel lacking in that area (it’s not our strength either!). Families seem to connect most with these boxes when they are befitting of a baby – painted with animals or other drawings that children would like. Through a connection with Columbus College of Art and Design, we had designs painted on just over thirty boxes by students there last Spring, and we plan to do the same with this batch of boxes. You can read the Columbus Dispatch article about last Spring’s painting event here.
We hope that by coming together as a community of grieving parents we can feel connected in our love for our children gone too soon. For us at Alive In My Heart, we have found a lot of healing in working to support others in the name of the babies we lost. We hope that you will also feel some healing in painting these boxes for other families, in the name of your precious child(ren). This casual setting will allow us to connect and remember our babies without the pressure to “tell your story” if that’s not what you’re up for that day. This is not a support group and there will not be a licensed mental health professional present. If you’re looking for that kind of support, please see the resources listed here.
This event is for parents who have lost a baby during pregnancy or infancy only. Please register by filling out the contact form located here and if you have not attended one our events previously, please tell us what you are comfortable sharing about your baby in the comment section. We ask for this so we can verify that only grieving parents are participating to protect the integrity of the event and privacy of those joining us. We respectfully ask that living children not attend this event.