Four years ago I started writing my 5 word movie reviews and asking for your input too, tying it to raising money for charity. I love seeing what you all come up with. The more participants the more fun!
We hit 100 reviews this month (our fourth time around) and have a new winner! Sheree topped the reviews this round with 23! Way to go Sheree 🙂 And thanks to the other 16 of you who added your two cents (and $1 for charity). So where is the money going? Only Sheree can do justice here so I am including the whole email she sent me. I really hope you’ll take the time to read it and Sheree’s beautiful post about her daughter.
I’d love it if the donation could go to Heartfelt … in memory of my daughter Taleah. My post on Tuesday in memory of Taleah and her 25th birthday probably explains it so I’m more than happy for you to link to that … and who knows maybe it will touch someone going through that heartbreak.
Losing Taleah so many years ago, there were very few precious things to keep, a few photos, a tiny name band. Things have changed, in part due to many people like myself who wrote letters for childbirth education groups, participated in neonatal death follow-ups and grief groups, talked to doctors and midwives and funeral directors about things that could be done better. We as a society generally don’t ‘do’ grief well but by talking and sharing our experiences we learn and grow, it fosters change and healing and death becomes more ‘normalised.’
When you don’t take your baby home, when your arms are empty and your heart is full, when there are so few physical things to treasure, memories are all you have, so the ones we create after a baby dies are all we have to share. So I make memories and celebrate and remember Taleah and all she gave in her short time in my arms. This is where wonderful organisations like Heartfelt make a difference.
“Heartfelt is a volunteer organisation of professional photographers from all over Australia dedicated to giving the gift of photographic memories to families that have experienced stillbirths, premature births, or have children with serious and terminal illnesses.
Heartfelt is dedicated to providing this gift to families in a caring, compassionate manner.
All services are provided free of charge.”
The $100 donation was enough to pay for two sessions and I am so thankful for knowing a warrior mom like Sheree!