Why Hummingbirds?

Hummingbirds symbolize love, joy and beauty and are the only creature to possess the unique ability to fly backward. For grieving parents, this reminds us that we can look back at our children who have gone before us; we will always remember and grieve them, but we can also move forward seeing the love, joy and beauty through the grief by honoring our children and glorifying God. The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians that God comforts us in our affliction so that we may comfort others who are afflicted with that same comfort. 

There are three important initiatives from this group for 2018-2019:

  1. Providing Empathy - Through the support group and expanding its reach, this project is seeking to provide parents who are facing the loss of a baby with access to parents who have been through this experience.  These parents will go through a vetting process, be provided training and education on grief support, and have completed their own grief work.

  2. Strengthen the Bridge from Hospital to Home - This project will reach out to various resources targeting this ministry, obtain up to date and accurate information on these resources and ensure that information is accessible to the nurses and social workers who are on the front lines serving these parents.  An online central resource with up to date, real time resources will help bridge the gap between the support received in the hospital and being at home solo, where people can feel very isolated in their grief.  A place where resources can be listed, links shared, helpful information posted and maybe a platform for bereaved parents to connect. We will include everything from grief support and counseling contacts to funeral and burial support to financial support for medical bills to memorial events and keepsakes.  

  3. Financial Support Connection - We will help to fill this gap in two ways: First, through ensuring that parents are connected with the organizations that are already offering financial support. This includes ensuring hospitals and those on the front lines can provide parents with application forms and other required materials to receive financial support. Second, we will partner with a local funeral home to receive discounted rates on burial expenses and have some funds set aside to support families from CRMC and MGMC, especially at year’s end when other organizations have run out of funding.

 

 

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