My name is Michelle, and I have had 4 amazing children. Boyd was born Dec 2004, Ashleigh in Oct 2006, Bianca in Oct 2008 and Flynn in March 2014.
Ashleigh died when she was only 8 weeks old. They said it was SIDS. My whole world changed that day - I can remember every moment of her last 24 hours.
After she died my partner took it very badly and to cut a long story short by the time Bianca was born I was bankrupt and my partner was in gaol and I was a single mum.
The funeral was too much for us to pay for, and so my dad and his wife covered all the funeral costs, but we didn't do anything with Ashleigh's ashes. Every year I have thought "next year I will save to pay for her memorial stone" but there has always been more important things to pay for. I have never wanted to take away from the children I have with me, to pay for the one who was taken away.
But as the years have passed I have felt more and more that she needs a place. I need her to have a place. A sacred place, where the world stops and her presence can be felt. Somewhere where her siblings, her dad, her grandparents can visit her, bring her flowers and remember the special times they had with her.
It costs around $3500 for a 35 year lease on a memorial stone for her ashes at the cemetery where her funeral was held (http://drumminorgardens.com.au/ - if you want a look at the space). The kids area is called "The Secret Garden" and ever since her funeral I have known this would be her place. I would also like to keep a small portion of her ashes in a memorial charm so that if I ever leave Adelaide I keep her close by.
Boyd giving Ashleigh a welcome home kiss when we brought her home from hospital.
Sending ballons up for her birthday this year
*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~Please note - if donations exceed the required amount for the memorial stone and charm, I will donate the rest to the research of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrom) through SIDS and Kids Australia.
Thank you for taking the time to consider my cause, and thank you so very much in advance for your donation.
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