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Three Little Birds' focus Theme for February is, appropriately, LOVE.
Is it better to lived and love, then to never loved at all? - Alfred Lord Tennyson
Many families faced with pregnancy loss, or an uncertain or life-limiting fetal diagnosis, struggle with understanding love and grief during these experiences and often times are afraid to bond and parent their child.
Many families are encouraged by their doctors to terminate their pregnancy without being given resources and information to help them make informed decisions or give informed consent regarding their future and the care and respect they wish for their baby. Many families decide to carry their children to term struggle with discussing their situations with others and are unsure of what is appropriate or best for them to do during this difficult time.
Regardless of the family's personal decisions, Three Little Birds encourages families to bond and make memories with their babies. For families unexpectedly experiencing loss through miscarriage and stillbirth, it is often impossible to process what is going on, let alone know how to make memories. We always encourage LOVE. Families can still bond with a baby who has passed away as a family in the short time they have together.
For as sweet as it is, LOVE is why grief and loss is so painful. We love so hard and when we "lose" that love, we find ourselves faced with emotional and physical pain that is so indescribable. While making memories feel impossible or too hard to face, there will come a time in the family's healing journey they will NEED those memories to heal and move forward. In the last two years of serving families, we have never had one person regret making those memories.
Additionally, this month, Three Little Birds is launching its Pregnancy After Loss/Rainbow Baby Support. More info on our long-term support services for our families can be found here.
One last note on LOVE....We are hosting our first Craft 'N Sip event on February 9th at 6:30 PM. The intention of this event is to gather families and their family and friend's support to talk about our love and losses and create a beautiful piece of art made as each participant wishes! Space is limited! Get your tickets soon!
Join us in celebrating LOVE!
Kristen Samuelson, SBD, Founder & Director