James' Gift is a culmination of immense love and vast grief.
Like so many women, I have navigated the road to motherhood with the burden of infertility. After many years, with medical assistance, my husband and I were humbly blessed with our most precious son James Wesley. Without complication and without explanation, one day he was just... gone. I was in my third trimester eagerly awaiting his arrival. The devastation was crippling.
While in the hospital preparing to labor, we were presented with several gifts. One being our exceptional medical team who eased an unfathomable experience. The senior nurse had a heart finely tuned to help women deliver their stillborn children. This nurse was the one who walked us through the process of our delivery and at this stage presented us with a small box. It was a container of items for our child: baby blankets, clothing, small tokens of handmade love from other mothers with angel babies. We held a christening gown that would be about James' size to help prepare us for when we would hold him. For some mothers this wasn't an option, but i was able to cradle my son in my arms and cherish our time together.
There is no easy road to navigate loss, especially one that is so delicate and full of hope. It is simply excruciating. However, the items that were given to us have come to mean a great deal to me. They have provided a tangible comfort. A little after our son's first birthday, the concept of James' Gift began. It started as a way to recognize James, and quickly became an answer to a need. Our local hospitals have a wonderful program in place, and are equipped to handle to every situation. James' Gift would be an added comfort to those families grieving.
About the NonProfit
We are a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization partnered with a Women and Children's hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. We are dedicated to providing families who are suffering a loss with a gift just as I had received. It is understood that these items will hold different value for each mother, and some may never open it. Our hope is that this gift will provide solace to the family knowing that they are not alone and that their child was indeed precious.
The common thread among us all is that we have our challenges and at some stage will experience loss. Our journeys and experiences are never the same, but they are similar in that we all know the pain and suffering of grieving. I hope that we can also love and comfort each other with the same magnitude.
If you are interested in partnering with James' Gift to provide an item of comfort to a family who is suffering from a loss of a miscarriage, stillbirth, or neonatal death, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.jamesgift.org for more information.
Thank you for your support.
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