My name is Peter.
recently my partner and I experienced our 2nd, late term miscarriage. It was an absolutely heart breaking experience for both of us. It was not a planned pregnancy but we had both wanted it and were looking forward to welcoming the addition to the family.
We were still grieving when the day came around to head off to hospital.
anyone that has experienced this knows the heartbreak, not just for the expectant mother, but the father to be. I sat in the empty, lonely, sterile hospital room waiting for me partner to return from surgery.
after what seemed like and eternity, she was wheeled back in and we were left with a feeling of emptiness.
soon after, one of the midwives came to check in on my partner. After all the medical tests etc, she handed us a small envelope explaining that it was a small keepsake for us (put together by herself) to help us remember, but also move forward. Inside was a lovely note, a paper butterfly and some seeds. Seeds specifically chosen for their appeal to butterflies. The idea was for us to create our little butterfly garden, every time we saw a butterfly it was to remind us that our little angel was safe and wanted us to know that he missed us just as much as we missed him.
Today, a beautiful sunny day. We saw a butterfly floating by, slowly and elegantly it circled the garden and gently touched down on out butterfly garden. My partner and I both looked at each other with tears in our eyes and we knew things were going ok.
After this small, amazing symbol today, I decided that I need to be involved in this gesture and help outwith these small remeberance packages
with the help of the midwife (Amy), and any donations we receive. We will be able to expand the memorial packages to include Some more keepsakes(Personal medallions), more seeds planting Advice and hopefully include messages of hope and courage from other brave people that have been through the same situation. We also hope that with enough donations and help, we will be able to expand the the idea to other hospitals in my city. Spreading the small messages of hope and love to more heart broken women and men.
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