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Some ideas and suggestions which can go into a Memory Box:

  1. Plaster and/or foot prints, if possible.  Sometimes the hospital staff will take them, the funeral home or a local individual who specializes in such work.  They can also be framed into a shadow box as a cherished momento.
  2. Photographs in a variety of poses:  singly, together, dressed, undressed, just hands and/or feet, with parents, siblings, grandparents.
  3. Ultrasound pictures, cards, notes receive.
  4. Photographs from the funeral.
  5. Hospital bracelet(s).
  6. Special ornament for the holidays.
  7. Honorary birth certificate if baby was born still.  Make sure the hospital correctly identifies the multiple-birth.  The loss of one triplet, does not make twins.
  8. Death Certificate.
  9. Some items such as ultrasounds and/or photos can be etched into crystal.  An internet search will provide information regarding such services.
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There is a special group of photographers working in North America who will take the most beautiful, tasteful, loving photos of children who pass away near birth or right after they are born.  The organization is called Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, and these talented and special people create the most from an extremely painful situation.  Parents who participate report that the photos are precious memories, especially over time.  In a multiple-birth situation with a survivor(s), these photos can start the conversation about letting the survivor(s) know of their true beginnings.  They offer a time to remember as a family, perhaps to grieve and to share feelings and emotions.  For survivors, the photos offer some healing about their origins and truth about their co-multiple, i.e. there were really two of us at one point in time.  One Mom shared that while most parents have many pictures and memories of their babies, for bereaved parents, these are all they have and they mean everything to them.

If you know of someone who has lost or will lose a baby, do let them know about this amazing organization.  There may be a chapter in your community.   There is no cost to have the pictures taken.

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