Camdon Cares

Camdon passed away in our arms a few hours after he was born early at 21 weeks. It wasn't supposed to be that way. The emotions that raged through me during that time and the weeks to follow were overwhelming. There was suddenly an enormous void that I didn't know what to do with; a complete emptiness that no one could possibly understand. The world continued to go on around me, I was lost in grief, and I have never felt so alone.

As minutes turned into days, and days into weeks, I found myself completely cut-off from the outside world. I struggled to make sense of my life and tried to cope with the reality that nothing was ever going to feel "normal" again.  A piece of me was gone and I could never get it back. I had no idea what to do or who to turn to. So I started searching.

Since those days, I have been on a path to healing and trying to figure out what my new "normal" will consist of. I've realized that all I needed was to feel understood. I needed to know that I wasn't going crazy and that there were other mom's in the world going through the same exact motions that I was. It was in this moment I became aware that I wanted to help others who have or will have to endure the grief and confusion that comes with losing an infant. In a time they may need it most, I want to be able to provide material that moms and dads can relate to because that is what is helping me. 

My goal is to donate, in honor of Camdon, care packages of items I have found helpful, to parents who are suffering through the loss of their infant. I will provide these care packages to organizations such as hospitals, hospice, doctor offices etc. with hope that other parents will know they are not alone.  With your donation, I will be able to provide books, grieving resources, and other small items that may make a huge impact on a newly grieving parent. 

Losing Camdon has taken me on a journey that I wasn't expecting. I miss him and what would have been, every single day. Since his death, I can't help but look at life differently. Things that matter the most have become clearer and the littlest things are what bring me the most happiness and satisfy my soul. I appreciate the simplest moments and have slowed down my pace of life. I am continually learning to trust God and to have faith in everything.

"How quietly he tiptoed into our world. Softly, only a moment he stayed but what an imprint his footprints have left upon our hearts"- Unknown
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Megan Ritch 
Keedysville, MD
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