Memories are so important when someone loses a loved one. When a parent loses a baby, those memories are all we have to hold onto, reminding us of the precious life we once held. Many times those special things that our babies touched all fit inside a small box. That is why even the box becomes a special memory of our little one’s life.
The beautiful parents who have attended our quarterly events are constantly asking what they can do to help other bereaved parents. So we thought, what better way than to help provide boxes to house the memories of other babies? At our February event, these grieving parents spent the morning painting base coats on memory boxes with love and care.
Alive in My Heart was then able to partner, for the second year in a row, with the students of Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD). These students took time out of their day to use their skills to create beautiful works of art on these memory boxes. Many of these students brought inspiration from their own lives. One amazing artist, painted a beautiful cherry blossom on a memory box. She commented that in Japanese culture the cherry blossom represents the beauty and fragility of life. This tree is a reminder that while life is overwhelmingly beautiful, it is also very short. As baby loss parents, those words were never more true. We are so thankful to have met and worked with these special students.
The students at CCAD painted 42 boxes that will now be donated to hospitals in Columbus. In turn these hospitals will give the memory boxes to parents to hold the blankets, name bands, clothes and other mementos of their little babies. It is our hope that Alive in My Heart will be able to touch the lives of these parents, letting them know that they are not alone on this difficult journey. THANK YOU to the parents who attended our February event and to the kind and talented CCAD students for making this impact possible!