Unless you have lost a child and been faced with mortuaries and undertakers, you can never truly appreciate what a memory box would mean to a bereaved parent. Every parents experiences are different but some parents never receive a lock of their childs hair or a copy of their childs hand and feet prints. Having just lost their child, many parents leave the hospital in shock; they can feel very isolated and unsure of where to turn for support.
Brightest Star had made Memory Boxes for bereaved parents that include a blanket, two small teddies (one for the parent and one for the child) a camera, an inkless kit to take the childs hand and feet prints and a small secure box to place a lock of the child hair. The charity also funds a voucher for the parents to receive a silver charm with their child's hand engraved print on it. This can then be attached to a bracelet or necklace. The Memory box also includes information on what to do with each of the contents and a book for the parent to write memories of their child. Every memory box includes information on how to contact the charity if the parent wishes to seek support or meet other bereaved parents.
Brightest Star is providing these boxes free of charge to bereaved parents, hospitals, mortuaries and funeral parlours. By doing so, Jacks mummy hopes that no other parent will not receive their childs hair, hand/feet prints or not know where to access support after the loss of their child.