Wednesday, October 28, 2015

From Teardrops to Butterflies (Update)

It feels as if I haven't written here in a long time. I had several posts scheduled to publish while I was away in Colorado, so it hasn't been silent here, but I haven't actually been here in several weeks. It feels good to be back. I have many things to write about to catch up. :-)

Here is an update on something I shared over the summer:

This year, I have gotten involved with the Perinatal Bereavement Committee at the local hospital where Lily Katherine was born.

This is what I shared a couple months ago: "There is a common symbol that is used by hospitals across the country to alert medical professionals that someone in that room has had a loss. It's a dreadful leaf with a teardrop on it. I think it is important that staff doesn't come waltzing in the room to ask how the baby is when the baby won't be going home. But, that symbol is just so sad and depressing. Yes, it is a sad thing when a baby dies, but it is also an incredible thing that the baby first LIVED and birth is still beautiful. My mom said whens he first saw that leaf on my door when I was in labor she wanted to rip it down. I was told that because of my mom and I sharing our thoughts on this on Lily's birthday, they have decided to change the symbol completely and will no longer be using the leaf! Instead, they will be using a beautiful symbol the hospital created with a heart and butterflies incorporated into it in blue and pink (colors for pregnancy and infant loss awareness). I was shown a few of the options and we all agreed on the best one. And not only will the staff be trained with this new symbol, but they will also be using it on all their bereavement care items. For instance, the only copy of Lily's prints I have is on a paper with that leaf. Now, baby's prints will instead be on a page with the beautiful new logo! I cannot tell you how much this seemingly small thing means to me, to know my girl's life is making a difference in this world, including at the hospital where she was born. She's pretty amazing, if I do say so myself, and I do. :'-) Not only is the logo changing, but the butterfly will be a new theme, like I used in my comfort boxes. One of the nurses found a butterfly necklace with a pearl for the parents."

I said I'd give an update with the final logo, so here it is! Isn't it precious? :-) For some reason it isn't showing up as crisp as it actually is.
And here is the former leaf with the teardrop logo.


You can read more in the first From Teardrops to Butterflies post.

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