February 7th marked my 6th NILMDTS session. Being a NILMDTS volunteer is not an easy thing to be. You don't see smiling faces of families who get to take a precious baby home, you don't expect to be thanked for the work you are doing, and you leave with thoughts of sorrow on your mind. Despite all of that, it is still very rewarding. I'ver personally never lost a child. I'm not going to pretend to know the heartbreak they are suffering. I will never tell them it gets easier. I take home each and every family who has allowed me to be part of their darkest times, and their lowest lows. I am glad that I have the ability to give these families heirloom photographs that they can look at from time to time. To grieve or to remember. I wish I could meet these families under different circumstances. Nonetheless I am honored they trust me with this time in their lives. Being a Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep Volunteer gives me the strength to put things into perspective. No matter what is happening in my life, I try and remember that I am blessed with two wonderful, hard-headed, free spirited children. I hope one day my services are never needed. But until that day I will gladly give my time, my energy, and my services to any family who lets me. Every little foot will always leave an imprint on my heart.
Keywords: NILMDTS, Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, still birth, still born, volunteer
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