Lily's Purpose - Grief Support Boxes

My husband and I's journey to becoming parents was difficult. It began with a miscarriage and was followed by the loss of our first-born daughter, Lily, after going into premature labour at 23 weeks. My husband and I received support boxes from different organizations but while the boxes were incredibly thoughtful and gave me a great deal of comfort, there was always something missing. Despite being provided so many resources as a mother, my husband was left with nothing if it was not available to us as a couple. 

There is a blindspot in grief support surrounding pregnancy and child loss. Lilly's Purpose is committed to closing that gap for couples and changing the way families are supported in the wake of loss.

Lily's Purpose is an initiative created to support couples who have suffered pregnancy loss, stillbirth and infant loss. We provide support boxes that provide resources to aid BOTH parents through these difficult moments in their lives. The boxes will also include some items that have been handcrafted with love and generously donated by some truly wonderful local businesses. 

I wanted to give my daughter's life a purpose beyond her short time with us by supporting couples in honour of her. I hope to bridge the gap in grief support and help families repair in these moments of unbearable loss.

Donations will go towards the production of these boxes which will be available at no cost to families grieving the loss of their child. Boxes will be available through and some will also be donated to the NICU and to the Midwifery Collective of Ottawa.


Alicia Nicholson
Gloucester, ON

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