making memories to last a lifetime...
here are some other links with memory making suggestions - Huggable Hearts; Sands NZ , and Sands Wellington-Hutt Valley
is a family-run organisation providing comfort to New Zealand families who are experiencing or who have experienced the loss of a baby. They make special, customised hearts to the weight of precious angels gone too soon. They use minky, fleece and flannel fabrics, in addition to donated blankets and wraps which we up-cycle. Huggable Hearts can also make your heart extra special by using material from a blanket or item you provide.
Beary Memories is a Taranaki-based small business.
These bears are made as a treasure to comfort those who have lost a child. They are especially designed for stillborn babies or young children that have passed away. A name, date, and message can be added, usually on the tummy or feet, and it can be made to match the weight and height of the lost baby. You can customise your bear with an embroidered message, as well as adding wings, lockets, ties, bow ties, scarves, etc. The bear can hold the ashes of your loved one inside it's tummy. This area is fully lined and can be accessed via a zip at the back. The bear can be made to match the height and weight of a lost baby.
Glover Memorials in Taita, Lower Hutt, kindly donates small plaques to Sands parents. These simple memorials are made from granite and marble samples, and come in various colours. The pieces are only 10cm x 6cm or 6cm square, but big enough to put a name and a date on. Glover Memorials donate all the materials and time, and ship it to your address free of charge. To arrange this, simply email email@example.com with your child's name and a date. Please include your name and an address to send the plaque to.
To read some more, go to their website
click on Community Care and then Sands.
Heartfelt is a volunteer organisation of professional photographers dedicated to giving the gift of photographic memories to families who have experienced stillbirth or have children with serious or life threatening illness.
Heartfelt is dedicated to providing this gift in a caring and compassionate manner, with all services free of charge.
Hand and Foot Prints
Inkless or Ink prints of those gorgeous little hands and feet are a precious momento. A number of hospitals in New Zealand and many of our Sands groups now have access to Inkless hand and footprint kits. These are a fantastic way of taking prints, without damaging that precious and sometimes delicate skin. If your local hospital does not provide these, then please contact your local group or purchase your own directly from Sands Bay of Plenty.
Angel Casts support parents, family and whanau through the loss of a child, by creating tangible keepsakes for bereaved parents, in the form of ink prints and hand and feet stone casts. These 3D stone replicas are exact impressions, capturing every line and wrinkle, including fingerprints and skin texture, preserving a perfect likeness of that child to comfort and support mums and dads in grief. They offer a free service in Hamilton and Waikato.
Other regions offer a similar service, check with your local Sands group.