My grandfather raised me to always remember my would-be older brother, who died at just 1 day old, even though I never got to meet him. Each year, on his birthday, my Papaw and I would buy beautiful flowers and take a 2 hour road trip to where "Baby Wade" was laid to rest. We would scrub his headstone to remove the Carolina red clay mud that would wash over it when it rained, cut back any weeds overlaying it, and then take tons of photographs. I never knew that all the years I spent visiting his grave and speaking his name were preparing me for my greater purpose. I truly believe God placed me here on Earth to help grieving families.
How It Came To Be:
I started I Am A Mother To An Angel on Facebook in 2010 as a coming out statement about my own losses. I was so tired of being silent in my grief and being made to feel like I should just forget that they, my lost babies, had ever existed. I was made to feel like they did not even count as losses, because they were lost in the womb. I felt so very alone. When I made the Facebook page for I Am A Mother To An Angel, I never had a plan or expected it to turn into anything more than just another Facebook "like" page. At the time I, Kerin, had already lost two babies to early miscarriage. I lived in a world where Pregnancy, Infant, and Child Loss was a subject that was kept hush-hush and the only time you were able to speak about it was if you were blessed enough to come across someone else who had lost a baby/child too. I never could have dreamed that my simple coming out statement, an outcry to be heard, would turn into something much greater than being about myself and my own losses, but God had bigger plans for me.
Since starting I Am A Mother To An Angel in 2010, I have lost 4 more babies to miscarriage. So in total I have lost 6 beautiful babies with my most recent loss being in April of 2017. I refer to my angel babies collectively as my Butterfly Babies since they were lost too soon to know their genders or name. I have also gained an angel niece, Scarlette, who was taken by SIDS in 2011 just 1 day shy of turning 1 month old. I want to leave a legacy of love in memory of my angels by working hard each day to do all I can to help bereaved families. No foot is too small to leave a footprint on this world and no person is too small to make a difference in this world.
What It Has Became:
Today, in 2017, I Am A Mother To An Angel on Facebook has drawn in bereaved families from all over the world and reached an amazing 260,000+ "likes". Our Facebook post reach anywhere from 500,000-4,000,000 people per week. I Am A Mother To An Angel specializes in bereavement keepsakes and support for anyone who has lost a child. I Am A Mother To An Angel also promotes Pregnancy, Infant, and Child Loss Awareness to break the silence surrounding such an overshadowed topic. I still do not really have a plan, I just take each day as it comes and go where my heart leads me to. I do this work in memory of my own angels and to help other grieving families. I never want for anyone to feel alone like I did or be made to feel like their angel(s) do not matter. Whether a child existed for a few weeks in the womb or many years here on Earth, their life mattered and they deserve to be remembered. Nobody should ever be made to feel like their child did not exist or that their child's life didn't have purpose.
What We Offer:
I Am A Mother To An Angel also offers bereavement support including several online private support groups on Facebook which are closely monitored to ensure safety for all members. I Am A Mother To An Angel has a very dedicated team of administrators, who are all also grieving parents, and who volunteer their time. Our goal is to keep I Am A Mother To An Angel a safe, secure, and supportive environment for all of the grieving families who join us. We strive to provide encouragement and support to those who are struggling to cope after loss.
I Am A Mother To An Angel offers free digital keepsake graphics personalized with angel names. We do this because we know many people do not have much to remember their angels by. We hope that by offering these images with their angels names, that it helps them and gives them something to have even if it is a small thing. We make thousands of free personalized images per year for grieving families. In addition, we also offer different types of tangible keepsakes free of cost where each recipient only pays shipping. The keepsakes vary based on what materials and resources are available at the time. The waiting list for these gifts is long, but we know that the families receiving them appreciate having something tangible in memory of their angel(s).
I Am A Mother To An Angel also has an online store featuring bereavement keepsakes and awareness items which includes handmade personalized jewelry, a large selection of silicone wristbands, an apparel line, and other beautiful treasures. The I Am A Mother To An Angel store is a licensed business. The majority of the income from our store is used to expand what we offer, for the upkeep of our website, to fund the program and digital tools for our free personalized keepsake graphic offers, and to get the supplies needed to offer the free tangible keepsake gifts. I also donate items to memory box programs, hospital bag programs, hospital programs in general, awareness and memorial walks/events, and other areas where I feel able to help when I am able to do so. When possible money is also donated to organizations like The CJ Foundation For SIDS, March of Dimes, and other great causes. Since I Am A Mother To An Angel is a licensed business I am not required to donate or disclose where I choose to donate to, but it is important to me that everyone knows that good things are always being done here in whatever ways are possible.
With love and light,
I Am A Mother To An Angel