NEXT MEETING DATE
MEETINGS ARE NOW AVAILABLE TO ATTEND VIA SKYPE. IF YOU WOULD LIKE AN INVITE, PLEASE EMAIL CARA.
NEXT MEETING DATES:
GRIEF / LOSS SUPPORT - Wednesday, July 14th at 7pm in the Community Room at the Whiting Library in Chester, Vermont.
Facilitator: Cara Tyrrell - Email Me 117 Main St ~ Chester, VT 05143
PALS (Pregnancy or Parenting After Loss) : To make these meetings more accessible please contact Gretchen if you have a PALS related issue and she will organize a meeting in your area.
Facilitator: Gretchen Lunderville - Email Her
The Board of Directors next meeting is set for Wednesday, July 7th. If you have an agenda item please email cara.
Friday, March 20, 2009
If you saw the article in the paper - Welcome!
If you heard about us on the radio - Welcome!
If you saw a flyer - Welcome!
If you heard it from a friend - Welcome!
If you are a business looking to sponsor us - Welcome!
If you are a bereaved parent - I am so very sorry for all that you have lost - and, Welcome.
This post is really a housekeeping one. So, find the category you came looking for and click on the appropriate link. If you run into difficulty - EMAIL ME - and I will sort it out for you.
Thank you so very much for your role in this Walk for Hope and Rememberance. You are so appreciated by all the grieving families we work with.
TO REGISTER - click HERE to download a REGISTRATION FORM. Either mail to: SSV, PO Box 22 - Proctorsville, Vermont (all checks made out to SSV please) or attach and send to email@example.com .
TO SPONSOR US - email me with 'SPONSOR' in the subject line. Include your business information, the amount you would like to sponsor the event for, and attach your logo in jpg. form to be published in the program.
TO DONATE - You can either send a check made out to SHARE SOUTHERN VERMONT to PO Box 22, Proctorsville Vermont 05153. Or, you can use the DONATE button on the sidebar through paypal. Grieving families thank you.
TO VOLUNTEER - Please, you guessed it - email me. We are always needing help.
IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND BUT WISH TO HAVE YOUR BABY'S NAME / DATE READ DURING THE MEMORIAL: Download the REGISTRATION FORM and fill out just the parts that apply to you.
IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND BUT WANT TO ORDER T-SHIRTS, MEMORY BEARS, OR MEMORY PIGS: Download the REGISTRATION FORM and fill out just the parts that apply to you.
Ok - basically, whatever you are intending to do to support SSV in this endeavor - you need to EMAIL ME! So here's the address: firstname.lastname@example.org
IF YOU LIVE LOCALLY & HAVE A TENT WE COULD USE-PLEASE CONTACT ME.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
But see, here is the thing. This wouldn't be possible without you. YOU - helped us get our start, hence become a chapter of Share National - hence access the rights to the logos - and WHA-LAA, a first -annual memory walk you have!
Walk With Hope – Walk To Remember"
And I will. The day before mother's day I will walk in memory of all your sweet angel babies. I will also walk with you, whether you are near or far, for you had a hand in this - and I thank you.
Now, go see what everyone else is showing and telling.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
It was also a time of awakening and realization, for all who were there. We were a small, intimate group able to bond in every way, and - yes - share our losses, experiences, and desires.
I went with a game plan.
Learn about running a support group.
Learn more about different kinds of losses and how to best support them.
Learn about effective communication (read: how to break down the doors of) the hospital.
Here is what I learned:
- The fear of my Rainbow Baby pregnancy is still with me. It never left. It has morphed into fear, anxiety, and uncertainty that I can raise two healthy, happy, well-adusted, compassionate, can-survive-in-this-crazy-world-even-knowing-they-have-a-sister-who-died girls. (I'm attacking this next - be assured)
- I am still angry, bitter - no, devestated that no-one was there in my hospital room after the "diagnosis of death" but before the delivery to guide me, offer choices for memoralizing my Emma. I wish Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep had been called. I wish a camera had been present - period. I wish...I wish... (Doing this for other people repeteadly will take this from me - I know.)
This post is not a pity party. No, I would never use this forum for that. It is an affirmation of my continued grief and love for my baby girl. It is a way I can demonstrate that assimilation of my loss, does not mean that I have accepted it. I will never accept this. Never.
I will, however, use these grief emotions to further our cause. To reach out to more families. To deliver more memory boxes. To offer more choices. To call in more (and better) resources.
Share Southern Vermont is in a better place after this last weekend. Yes, I learned the nitty-gritty stuff about paperwork, support groups and hospital policies - but I learned something more valuable.
Checklists and achieved goals will not make this corporation thrive. My heart, and all its emotions: anger, bitterness, frustration, hope, joy, and rememberance will.
Thanks to all of you who believe. I do.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
"Ooooo" I joshed, they like YOU!
"Wow, he is really talented."
"Your husband sounds awesome!"
"...your darling hubby"
" an awesome life partner"
" your husband is awesome"
"You've got a keeper -- talented and sweet!"
At this last one, he blushed a deep crimson. "Well, I'm not for sale...so what product shall I make a few more of?"
He's in the workshop as I type putting the finishing touches on the the tile pieces. And, you might have noticed that I'm moving the pictures of each product under the poll on the sidebar. I'll keep adding if you keep voting. (He mentioned something about ornaments last night - can't wait to see!) AND REMEMBER - THE ONE THAT GETS THE MOST VOTES WILL BE THE FIRST RAFFLE-WAY!!
Oh- and next time you hear from me ....you could Meeeet me in St. Looouis as that is where I'll be for the Share National Training!
I'll post from there for sure!
Sunday, March 1, 2009
I gasped when I saw it. "Hon, this is gorgeous! What is it? When did you make it?"