As an artist and a human being, it is of supreme importance to me for my work to have meaning and value. Having the opportunity to touch people’s lives during difficult times is an honor and a privilege.
I would like to thank you for the recent fingerprint charms you made. As I mentioned, we found a similar item about 7 years ago and ordered one for each of my daughters (7 1/2 years and 6 years). I wear them daily and receive so many compliments! Several years ago, a neighbor suffered a loss of one of her twins during or shortly after birth. She saw my charm and told me how she wished she had known they existed-she would have done one as a keepsake of the twin she lost. It was so touching to me and I often thought about that when I put mine on!
Three years ago, my husband and I also suffered a loss. I delivered our first son at 16 weeks at Elliot Hospital in Manchester, New Hampshire. It was a devastating time and since we had never been through anything like this we had no idea what to expect. We had an awesome doctor and nurse who helped us tremendously through the experience. The entire staff at Elliot Hospital was truly warm and understanding-our nurse and doctor even shed some tears with us! Since then I have talked with many people who have experienced something similar and realize we were so lucky to have the support and resources Elliot had to offer! The staff took pictures on a disposable camera and put it in a memory box giving us the option of having them developed. In that box there was also a tiny hand knit hat, a gown and a "Certificate Of Life" complete with his footprint. We have shed many tears as we look through the box, but have always been so grateful for it! I searched for ways to carry a piece of him with me and found some loss jewelry but never felt at peace with any that I found. Recently we found an ad for your fingerprint charms and ordered one for each of our sons and now I wear all 4 with such pride!
When we spoke you mentioned that you do them for a hospital. I told my husband and we agreed we gladly would have paid for 2 charms to always have a piece of Noah with us! As I mentioned I know my neighbor would have loved that option as well. You also mentioned the valor ones and my first thought was a co-worker of my husbands. In October of 2006, an officer my husband works with was shot and killed. I think had his family been given the option they would have jumped at the chance to get a fingerprint charm of his. I know his mom, his wife and his 2 young boys would have been touched to have something like that. My husband said he believes had the department been aware of this type of thing they, the union or even the officers themselves would be willing to "donate" them to the family. For us, the memory box given to us by the hospital has always been a solid memory we have of Noah. Not that we can't remember him without it, but to have something so lid and "real" makes the grieving process a little easier. The charms for us, would have like carrying a little piece of my him with us-making it that much more real and even more special!
I thank you, again, for doing such a great job and will pass your card on to many!!