Reflect on special days and celebrate with a monthly missed milestones, anniversaries, and birthday traditions. Create a lasting memory by journaling and cherishing each missed birthday up to age 21.
This chapter invites bereaved parents to celebrate their baby's special days. Through journaling and creative reflection, they can honor the memory of their beloved child on birthdays, anniversaries, and other significant milestones. Parents can write about their baby's birthday each year up to the age of 21, providing space for parents to express their thoughts, feelings, and memories of their baby.
For parents in the first year after the loss, there are dedicated pages for reflecting on monthly missed milestones, such as the first missed smile, crawl, or step. These pages offer a place to remember the baby's growth and development and grieve the loss of those milestones.
Additionally, there is a page for anniversaries, whether it has been a year after birth, a year after losing their baby, or any other anniversary that needs reflecting. Parents can document how they marked the occasion, how they feel, and what they hope for their baby's legacy. The chapter also includes a section for birthday traditions, where parents can write about how they plan to celebrate their baby's birthdays in the future, what customs and rituals are essential to them, and how they want to keep their baby's memory alive.
To help with the celebration and reflection process, "Chapter 7: Celebrating You" includes a checklist of ways to honor their baby on special days, such as ordering a birthday cake, doing acts of kindness, donating to charity, commissioning art, or lighting a candle. The checklist also allows parents to expand on their thoughts and feelings surrounding each item, giving them a complete picture of their journey through grief and remembrance.