Our beautiful baby girl, Hazel Rose, was born on May 29th, 2014. She was born with squishy cheeks, pouty lips, electric blue eyes, and with a shock of bright orange hair that stopped everyone in their tracks. We never knew a baby could be so perfect. She made us the happiest parents in the world. We couldn't help but boast about what a lovely baby she was - so quiet and happy, a great eater, and a champion sleeper. Everyone always told me how lucky we were, and we knew it.
When Hazel was just 3 months and 2 days old, she past away suddenly, silently, and unexpectedly in the night. We are forever changed and yearn to go back in time to be with her again. We think of her every moment of the day and miss how she felt in our arms and the sweet smell of her skin. What we wouldn't give to count her little fingers and toes again or to sing her to sleep with our favourite oldies songs.
In memory of Hazel and her short time here with us, we have decided to create "Hazel's Heroes". Our vision is that we will be able to support families to take part in a healing retreat where they will be given the opportunity to honour their child, heal some of the pain in their hearts, and potentially help other families going through a similar experience. Our goal is that this retreat can be provided at a minimum fee or at no charge for parents.
We have found it incredibly helpful and healing to connect with other families in our grief journey, and our hope is to connect more families so that they may be able to share stories, talk, cry, and maybe even laugh with one another. We want to give parents an opportunity to dedicate time for self-care and self-love, Unfortunately, that task may seem almost impossible to do once you lose a child. We hope to make it a possibility and to remind bereaved mothers and fathers that they are not alone.
There will be more information to come about the specifics of "Hazel's Heroes", including date, location, activities, etc. and we welcome any questions (or ideas!) that you may have. This is a work in progress but we are so excited to create a space where hope and love grow. We know that we are making our daughter proud, and we feel blessed that we can do this in honour of Hazel so that her name and memory will live on, always. Thank you so much to those of you who have already donated directly to us. Please let us know if you have questions or want to hear more about this - we welcome any opportunity to talk about how we are keeping our sweet Hazel's memory alive.