Friends we are so excited to share another milestone!
Last week, we received our first referral from a local hospital. The crisis counselor had been working with a family who was transported there during a medical emergency and had delivered the baby at 29 weeks gestation. Sadly, the baby did not survive, and the family had indicated that they wished they could do a private burial for their daughter. This family did not have the financial means to do this, so she reached out to us to see if this is something that is within the scope of the Tangerine Owl Project.
We were so grateful for the referral, and after looking into the specifics more, we were honored to be able to fund the entire burial for this family. Our hearts ache for this family, and all others who have had to endure such trauma and such heartbreaking loss. This may sound morbid, or trite, but let us share why this is such a thing for us to be proud of….As a parent, you want to make sure your child is taken care of and watched over, protected like any parent would do, even in death. Other families have had to endure this same thing and because they could not afford burial costs, their child was left to the county to dispose of. While many hospitals do as much as possible to respect and honor these families, it remains that their wishes for their child’s burial can not always be provided, and some don’t even know where their child has ended up.
So the reason we are so honored to have had the opportunity to do this, even when “it’s only money”, is that it’s not only money. It goes FAR beyond that. It is just a very tiny step that will help in the grief. Instead of wondering about her daughter’s whereabouts, this mother and her family can now go visit her in the angel garden, in their hometown, whenever they would like to. It’s one small move towards restoring balance to the new world order for them. Her mother can finally feel the slightest bit of comfort (however fleeting in grief) knowing that her daughter is at rest in the way they’d wished for. THIS, is one of the reasons that the Tangerine Owl Project was created – to help families find their way towards restoring their own balance.
This is wonderful – and a HUGE deal to the family, I am sure. We were “lucky” in that the funeral home at which we had our son cremated had a very inexpensive “infant” rate. Tragic, but it’s so meaningful when a community comes together to help a family with the expenses, which can otherwise feel like adding insult to injury.
Thank you! Totally agree. Feels silly saying “lucky” doesn’t it? I feel that way too when I look at my experience with D and what others have to endure..