The Kindness Of Strangers: Couple Go All Out To Surprise Mother Who Had To Sell Her Stillborn’s Crib
Losing a child is an excruciating experience, regardless of when it happens. How does one come back from such pain?
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Dealing with the facts
Despite increased awareness and medical breakthroughs, stillbirth and neonatal deaths still occur.
The reasons may range from infections, umbilical cord accidents, and abnormalities to poor growth.
Parents who go through the experience are often confounded by guilt, anger, sadness, irritability, isolation, over-dependence on loved ones, nightmares, and many other challenges.
These are perfectly normal, and parents are often advised to take time to heal emotionally.
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It is always best to allow yourself grieve and talk about your loss. Support can also be found by joining a group or getting help from social workers found in hospitals.Also, partners are encouraged to support each other rather than isolate themselves.
It is never easy, but with time, it gets better. On rare cases, it takes only random acts to help, as it was in this woman’s case.
The kindness of strangers
Valerie Watts of Minnesota, USA, had to put up a garage sale - a relatively normal event. However, amongst the items up for sale was a crib with a deeply moving story attached to it.
In her ninth month of pregnancy, she sensed that something was wrong as her baby was not moving as he used to. It was discovered that her beloved Noah had passed away in her belly.
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The word ‘devastation’ was not enough to describe how she felt.
For a whole year, she could not bear to do away with his belongings, but she eventually decided that it was time to let go as the crib was a reminder of her loss.
She arranged the garage sale and a man named Gerald unwittingly took the last piece of physical connection she had to her son.
However, the man’s wife had engaged Valerie in a conversation and asked how old her child was, assuming that the latter was getting rid of items her child outgrew.
It was then that she broke down and related her experience. On the drive back home, Gerald was informed of her story, so the couple decided to do something nice for this woman.
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She could not keep the crib, of course, but a few days later Gerald returned. He was a carpenter and he had made a beautiful chair out of the crib.
Valerie was completely overwhelmed. It is impressive how far certain people would go to comfort another person.
What people thought
As you can imagine, when the story made it to Facebook, people were floored by the gesture:
It does not take much to be kind, and you can never tell how far-reaching your kindness will be. Choose to be kind today.