Today I am sharing an incredibly important and significant mission. My dear friend Alexa is here to share in detail the purpose of it’s cause and it’s goal. I wrote about her book Sunshine After The Storm, a while ago on my blog- it was such a powerful read. This book is a compilation of stories from mothers and fathers who have suffered the loss of a child. The book contains tragic circumstances and yet, it is threaded with hope. Alexa wants this book to be read by all bereaved mothers everywhere. This resource would be a blessing to read, where women and men are faced with such traumatic devastation. Please help me in supporting this amazing calling she holds so dear to her heart… in hopes to tend to other broken hearts everywhere. Read on to learn more about honoring grieving hearts and shining light in their darkness… Each broken heart deserves our support.
For most mothers, Mother’s day is a day to be spoiled by their children (and maybe husbands.) It’s a day we look forward to. A day that we, the mother, gets the one day that we are acknowledged for everything that we do as moms. And mothers should be honored. All mothers.
For many mothers, Mother’s day is a source of pain. A constant reminder of what is no longer here, or what will never be.
It’s a very difficult day for grieving mothers. I know, because I am one of them.
“A mother is not defined by the number of children you can see, but by the love that she holds in her heart.” ~Franchesca Cox A few years ago, CarlyMarie of Project Heal began International Bereaved Mother’s Day. This day for mother’s to talk about the true meaning of Mother’s Day, and celebrate our children, both with us and not. Do you know why Mother’s Day was begun? Anna Jarvis officially founded the traditional Mother’s Day to honour her mother Ann who experienced the death of 7 of her children and somehow through the years it has turned into a commercialized mess that corporate companies make millions of dollars from, but the worst thing is that bereaved mothers are completely forgotten. ~CarlyMarie
International Bereaved Mother’s Day is now the Sunday preceding Mother’s Day. So this year it is May 5th.
Inspired by the actions of CarlyMarie and so many others who make it their mission to bring light to grieving parents, I wanted to do something as well. Last October, in time for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day on October 15th, a group of bereaved parents and I published our book Sunshine After the Storm: A Survival Guide for the Grieving Mother. It is our stories and our best advice and tips on surviving the loss of a pregnancy, infant, or older child.
Fueled by the positive feedback and the positive impact it was having on other parents who have suffered the death of a child, we went one step further and created a nonprofit, Sunshine After the Storm, Inc, to raise funds to donate the books to hospitals, bereavement groups, and organizations that support bereaved parents.
As Mother’s Day approaches, I wanted to do something special. So we decided to start a special “Mother’s Day Campaign.” The goal is simple: raise money to donate as many books as we can to hospitals and bereavement groups for Mother’s Day, and use a portion of the funds to make a special Mother’s Day contribution to the organizations that support bereaved parents, infant death, pregnancy loss, and research for children’s health issues.
I also reached out to different people, including some well-known authors on baby and child loss, such as Sherokee Ilke and Teske Drake; to CarlyMarie (who creates the most beautiful artwork for bereaved parents on her Shore of Remembrance) and many others. I asked for donated items and services so that we could offer a wonderful incentive for those who decide to find it in their heart to make a donation. The response was amazing, and on May 4th,
International Bereaved Mother’s Day, we will have a giveaway of 15 incredible items. And more may be added!
We just ask for one thing. A very small donation. $5 (or more if you’d like!) It costs us about $8 to donate each book. One donation will get you entered for a chance to win all of these amazing prizes!
But more importantly, you will know that you have directly impacted the life of a mother who is hurting on Mother’s Day.
I’ll be sharing Alexa’s campaign too. Such a wonderful cause!
I have amazing bloggy friends! Thank you Michelle! And thank you also so very much for your donation! 🙂
Thank you Chris for sharing this! I appreciate it so very, very much!
Janine Huldie says
So happy to be a a part of Alexa’s wonderful campaign and truly have been and will keep sharing it, too 🙂
You are the best Janine!!!
Robin Kramer says
I can’t fathom the grief of losing a precious child, and I think that this campaign is SO important to acknowledge. A dear colleague of mine lost her son this past year, so thank you, Alexa (and Chris) for sharing these resources with us. From your deep pain, many many others will find comfort.
Thank you for sharing!
Thank you Robin. I’m so sorry for your friend’s loss. If she needs a community to support her, we are building one through Sunshine After the Storm. xoxo
I have Alexa as a guest on mine today too. Love seeing her here, there and everywhere.
Thinking of you, love!
Tamara, you have been such an amazing supporter and friend! Thank you for sharing the message as well!! xoxo
another jennifer says
Yay! So fun to see everyone pitching in to help spread the word. Sharing now….
You are awesome to share this – and Alexa is awesome for driving this campaign the way she is. You are both amazing caring women. Going to help spread the word. Thank you!
You know I love you Ilene. And it really means a lot that you are taking the time to spread the word when I know you are swamped right now!
This is such a great thing to do for mothers who have lost children. Good luck with the campaign.
Thank you so very much!