Tuesday, March 17, 2009

New Personalized Memorial Candle Designs

I am excited to share four gorgeous new designs to our Personalized Memorial Candle line. They feature genuine Swarovski crystals meticulously placed around the personalized inscription of your choice. Two of the designs feature the hand picked and placed flowers that made these candles some of our most popular gifts for the last couple of years.

Floral Cross Memorial Candle

Floral & Crystal Memorial Candle

Swarorvski Crystal Memorial Candle

Crystal Lace Memorial Candle

Friday, March 6, 2009

Baby Memorial Album to be sent to Capitol Hill

Put a face on our love and our loss.
Help us send parents to Congress on March 25, 2009.

We invite you to help support important Stillbirth/SIDS/SUID legislation by participating in the creation of “Our Babies—Always Loved, Always Remembered—Memorial Album.”

On March 25, 2009 bereaved parents and other infant health advocates from around the country will be coming together on Capitol Hill to lobby for important legislation related to stillbirth, SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) and SUID (sudden unexpected infant death.)

And we want to bring the names of your babies with us!

This book will compliment the parent teams who will share personal stories during visits with key Congressional leaders. The objectives of this Baby Memorial Album are to:

1. Honor our babies with this loving tribute.
2. Create and leave a lasting reminder to Congress that our babies did not die in vain.
3. Raise funds and help pay for airfare/hotel for some enthusiastic families who can’t afford to attend the event.

This Day on the Hill is part of a broader Symposium that will bring in leading researchers to discuss current research efforts and strategies to help save infant lives.

It is our goal to make your legislators aware of the challenges you have faced and convince them that there is a dire need for research, prevention and awareness. As a result of the 2008 Day on the Hill, two bills were drafted and introduced into Congress!

How can you get involved?

With your help, we can make this compelling Memorial Album a reality. This is a place to remember your precious baby with thoughts, photos or even poetry. Here is a list of ideas and donation levels. Click Here for more info

$10 Listing of the parents/siblings names, baby’s name, baby’s birth/death date (s), city and state
$25 Listing plus one photo
$50 Quarter-page: listing, photo and 50 additional words
$100 Half-page: listing, up to two photos and 100 additional words
$200 Full-page: listing, photos of your choice and up to 150 words
Donations of frequent flyer miles or donation of printing costs will also receive a full-page ad.

Deadline for submission is March 10, 2009.

Organizations, institutions, and businesses are also welcome to purchase space at the above levels to send their message of support. Any size donations are gratefully accepted.
To contribute to the memorial album, follow this link to detailed instructions. For more information on the Symposium and Day on the Hill, visit www.firstcandle.org/2009-symposium

If you wish to attend the Symposium and/or the Day on the Hill, there will be an opportunity to deliver this Baby Memorial Album yourself. Whether in person or through the Album, your support can help us as we work toward a future where all babies survive and thrive.

Warm regards,
First Candle and the Parent ‘Baby Memorial Album’ Committee

On a personal note, my husband and I were at the Symposium and Day on the Hill in October 2008. It was an incredible event that I will remember forever. There is an empowering feeling when you walk into a legislator's office and speak about your child that passed away too soon. We were met with respect and compassion, and as a result, two bills were drafted for Congress, one by (then Senator) President Obama!

First Candle is a top notch organization that specializes in Stillbirth and SIDS research, prevention, and bereavement support. Through my participation at the 2008 Symposium, I became a "Gifts that Give Partner" with First Candle, donating money from affiliated sales and directly from my
Lil Care Angel Charm. I whole heartedly support First Candle and their efforts to make sure that our children's untimely deaths were not in vain.

Lastly, if you are a New York resident and want to help get the Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth Bill passed, please join us at http://www.cbrsbill.blogspot.com/ We need LOTS of people to help us make 2009 the year that this bill finally gets passed, we were really close last year!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

We're on Facebook

For all you Facebook Fanatics, please stop by our My Forever Child page and be a Fan. You can:

  • Write a review of something you've received
  • Write a comment on the Wall
  • Upload pictures of your keepsakes
  • Post a Memorial Dedication
  • Suggest new products
  • Share an event or links

I hope to see you there!

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