Thursday, July 23, 2015

QUILT AND BLANKET FOR BABIES THAT DO NOT MAKE IT TO TERM

A long time ago I had a wonderful friend.  She was expecting a baby.  The baby never lived to even take it's first breath.

The mom was so devastated and so were most of us.  Wanting to ease the pain I made matching little quilts, only about 12 1/2" square.  The baby was buried with one and the mom took one home as a sweet memory.

Many years later I move to Atlanta, TX where my sweet cousin Tracy owns a funeral home.  She is telling me that she buries babies for free.



That is when I decided to make these little blankets and quilt for her funeral home (free of charge) since she does her end free.

A few weeks ago she had to use a set, the baby only made it to seven months for some reason it just died, mom had to deliver it.  So very sad.

The bigger blanket the baby is to be wrapped in  and the smaller one lies on top until the baby is ready to bury.  The mother takes this one.  She can even have someone embroider on it if she chooses.

My cousin said the mother took that little quilt and was holding it up to her face the whole way to her car.

Sometimes even when we know we can not take some one's pain way but maybe in a simple way we can ease it a little.





30 comments:

  1. What a thoughtful project!

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  2. What a touching post! I would have never thought of this but you are right! This is wonderful thing to do!

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  3. What a special thing you are doing for that Mother but you are a pretty special person.

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  4. Our little granddaughter made it to two and a half months. It is hard to let them go. I am sure memory quilts make it somewhat better.

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  5. What a beautiful expression of sympathy and love. Thank you for doing this. It is so hard when a baby is lost, no matter how far along they are. You and Tracy are blessing a family every time you share your heart gifts.

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  6. This is so touching an so greatly appreciative.

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  7. Barb, this is such compassionate work you are doing for these parents. So very kind!

    MGM

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  8. You are one of the special people in this world. Such a wonderful thing to do.

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  9. What a wonderful thing to do, your thoughtful gift provides those poor parents with a lovely reminder of their little angels.

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  10. That's so sad and so sweet at the same time.

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  11. That has to mean so much to the family. Good for you for doing this.

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  12. My brother and his wife have an angel baby. He is buried on our family ranch. Hard times.

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  13. Based on personal experience, I can tell you that what you are doing is so very much appreciated. Thank you for being so thoughtful and kind.

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  14. It's a very touching thing to do. I'm always amazed when someone thinks of just the right thing to do to ease someone's pain. I admire that quality so much and wish these kinds of ideas would bloom in me.
    xx. Carol

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  15. That is a beautiful thing to do. thank you for easing pain in these folks lives.

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  16. That is so sweet. What a wonderful ministry.

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  17. oh barb, this made me cry! what a gift you and your sister are doing for these grieving families. I can't imagine! I wonder if anyone is doing soemthing like that here? thank you for sharing....

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  18. Oh how sweet, made me cry just reading about it.....

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  19. What a beautiful way to commemorate a life that will never be fully realized. The families must think you're an angel, too.

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  20. Beautiful this is a very caring project, My sister is in a group that make very small smocked dresses for burial gowns.

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  21. I'm so very touched, thank you so much for your kindness. These moms will be forever grateful too!

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  22. You will never truly know what a blessing you are being to the parents of the lost child. Five years ago my daughter gave birth to a stillborn son who was healthy at her sonogram and checkup the day before. Just five days before the due date Payton had a fatal cord injury. She gave birth just like a normal birth. We had time with him and a group of ladies from the area had crocheted blankets for this very reason. It is all my daughter has outside of a few pictures that we made with our time with Payton. I cannot truly convey what having those few blankets that he was wrapped in meant to us. She kept those and we buried him with a blanket that I had made for his arrival. On behalf of grieving parents and grand parents, I say a big thank you for what you are doing. The comfort that these little quilts will bring to the parents is truly a blessing. May you forever be blessed because of your wonderful heart my friend.

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  23. Truly you are giving from your heart and soul. You did a great job finding words to share this sad story, but I'm having difficulty finding words to convey my heartfelt thoughts. Those poor families that lost such loved ones, especially while so tiny. I'm sure your beautiful quilts help to bring what good cheer and comfort can be found at such a sad time. Bless you.

    QuiltShopGal
    www.quiltshopgal.com

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  24. Reading this with misty eyes. Bless you, Barb.

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  25. What a lovely thing to do. I wish someone had done that for my daughter when her daughter died during childbirth. She has nothing to remember he by.

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  26. Ah bless you Barb, what a loving and caring gesture.

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  27. That means a lot, I'm sure. I lost a baby at full term and it's so difficult. My guild in TX makes little burial dresses for babies that didn't make it, but I really like your system of something for the sad Mommy to keep.

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