Joislen Grace #StillBirthAwareness

$8,630 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 71 people in 39 months
Joislen Grace Videomony <~ CLICK TO WATCH 2 MINUTE YOUTUBE OF OUR 10 MONTH JOURNEY WITH OUR DAUGHTER

I pray this message finds you well. My name is Trish-Ann Joy Taylor and my husband is Dwayne L. Taylor. On August 16th 2015, we gave birth to our stillborn daughter, Joislen Grace. After 280 days of a perfectly healthy pregnancy, we were completely caught by surprise with this horrific news. By the grace of God, and with the support of our amazing loved ones, we are okay. Just taking it one breath at a time, and finding peace that our daughter is in even better hands than ours. Our hearts do ache, but we are choosing acceptance, thanksgiving, and channeling our energy into fuel to promote positive change. Thank you for your prayers.

Joislen is an angel who was loaned to us for the length of a pregnancy. Part of her purpose was to shatter the silence surrounding stillbirth. 1/160 births in the US result in stillbirth. These occurrences blindside many families, healthcare professionals, and loved ones alike. While we grow in education on how we can better detect some things, and hopefully, prevent some incidences; some stillbirths are not preventable, and some families are going to have to endure this seeming unbearable cross. I want their experience to be better than ours.

*update* We have been able to purchase two  cuddle cots with the donations. This acts as a portable morgue/crib, so families who have to experience this tragedy do not have to separate from their child prematurely. Some families in this country only have hours with their child. This piece of medical equipment will enable a family to spend more time with their child-- take pictures, do hand molds, do many momentos, and also give other loved ones a chance to commute to the hospital, without having to face the decomposition as quickly. This may seem spooky or weird, but when life formed inside of you and grew for 10 months, and the heart suddenly stops beating unexplainable the day before, that is still your child, even though the spirit has left them. Saying goodbye forever when you expected to be saying hello is an extremely painful thing to navigate through--almost impossible. These precious moments spent with them are critical parts of healing for families. Ultimately though, we hope hospitals will buy their own medical equipment, and equipment manufacturers will do their own advertisement. But we are doing our part to honor our girl, and thanks to all the supporters.

I am in pursuit of my nursing degree, aspiring to be a Midwife eventually. Because of close ties with the maternal and infant services, I want to be an even better asset when I join a team. I am obtaining bereavement training to help me better serve the wide scope of situations I will be faced with as a healthcare professional, and even as a mom who just helps other families on a personal level.

Every penny raised will go towards stillbirth awareness /education/ or in service to the bereaved---I'm pretty creative and it's a long journey ahead. Hoping to orchestrate awareness walks in the future. you will be updated as we jump over these hurdles together. This will be a lifetime passion of ours. We will forever be connected to the stillbirth community, and forever making strides to encourage positive change locally, nationally, and eventually, globally.  

Thanks for reading. Thanks in advance for your generous donation. We love you. Please continue to pray for us; we will continue to pray for all of you

With Love in Christ,

The Taylor Family
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Pic was a lil dark but we're still cute. Tonight's cuddle cot donation ceremony was amazing. The hospital was hospitable and grateful. And we had support from school, church, local bereaved, my shrink, and friends. I'm in love with my daughter. This is only the beginning lil mama. Thanks to everyone who supported.
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Guys we are just about $1500 away from our original goal. If you can help see us to the finish line. We promise to keep making strides to selflessly serve the pregnancy and infant loss community at large. Every penny counts. 5$ is not too small. If everyone reading this would forfeit coffee money for 2 days, (and still get coffee of course) we would meet our goal. Donating is secure and quick. We need everyone to chip in to make it over this hump. Thanks in advance. And Much love.
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Hi guys. wanted to update you all. we have purchased 12 Precious Impressions Memory Hands Keepsake Kits for bereaved families at UCSD, that we will replenish whenever they run out. I have started my Bereavement Doula training, which I was awarded a full scholarship for, thanks to the founder of Stillbirthday, Heidi Faith. Since last update, I have launched our blog, www.joislengrace.com, and a blog designer is finetuning some of the layout kinks for us. In a week or two, it should be totally user friendly (right now it's just kinda there). I have also ordered business cards and have branded myself as an "Inspirational Grief Blogger". UCSD and Mary Birch will be including my cards in their bereavement packages so families can visit the website for support, or even call or text for a local friend. I am a member of the Patient and Family Advisor Counsel and the Bereavement Team at UCSD. As most of you know, the cots have arrived. Evelyn's will be donated to Mary Birch next week. and Joislen's to UCSD on November 20th. I am working on a few other things, but will keep you posted as things become more concrete. Just wanted to update you on the strides we are making for awareness, education, commemorating, and serving. Business cards are in the pictures. Much love.

The Taylor's
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Two cots are on the way! We will have a donation ceremony in Novemeber to UCSD (date TBD) in honor of little Miss Taylor. And as for the one we are donating to Mary Birch, we are donating it in memory of a new friend of mines daughter, Evelyn Nalley. Her mom Megan delivered her there so we wanted to honor another family while we we're commemorating Joislen. So long as there are some cots going into the hospitals in San Diego, we've made a very impactful contribution for future families who have to endure the unexpected transition of their baby. Couldn't have done it without the support from all of you. Thanks for helping this momma bear rest easier. Much much much love.
"We did it mommy! I'm so proud of you" -JGT
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Leneen Williams
38 months ago

Trish I love you so much! You are such a light in everything you do in life, and now you are called to be the light in the still birth community. WOW what an awesome update, not 1 but 2 cuddle cots, I love you and Joislen for eva eva :) ♥

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Mary Bernard
37 months ago

You are achieving great things x

CK
$50
Carolyn Kethcart
37 months ago

To honor Trish, her hard work to make this happen and especially the memory of Joislen Grace, her sleeping angel.

TC
$50
Tiffany Conners
38 months ago

To God be the glory forever and ever amen! Wow, What a story God has given you to tell Trish! Share your gospel with all willing to listen, you will win many souls for Christ! Be of good cheer! Love you niecey J!

DS
$200
Deena & Tyler Schmidt
38 months ago

In loving memory of Joislen and in loving hope of Trish & Dwayne

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Anonymous
38 months ago
Leneen Williams
38 months ago

Trish I love you so much! You are such a light in everything you do in life, and now you are called to be the light in the still birth community. WOW what an awesome update, not 1 but 2 cuddle cots, I love you and Joislen for eva eva :) ♥

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