Today, I read this post on Sunny Side Up, and it really touched my heart.
Some of our most precious photos are the most distressing to look at. Our loved ones' last pictures may not be 'happy snaps' - they might have been taken in a hospital, with wires and monitors etc all around, or there may be signs caused by an accident.
We may have bittersweet memories caused by those photos, and find them hard to look at. Worse still, if they're the ONLY photos you have of your precious and much-loved baby, and Others can't bring themselves to look at them.
K at Sunny Side Up talks about how she re-touched the photos of her daughter, and painstakingly removed all the tubes and tape from her little girls' face. She now has photos she can show people, and they can see the babys' beauty, instead of only seeing the technology.
K also talks about an organisation called Heartfelt.
This is from their Home page.
Heartfelt is a volunteer organisation of professional photographers from all over Australia dedicated to giving the gift of photographic memories to families that have experienced stillbirths, premature and ill infants and children in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units of their local hospitals, as well as children with serious and terminal illnesses.
Heartfelt is dedicated to providing this gift to families in a caring, compassionate manner.
All services are provided free of charge.
This is an amazing service, and I encourage you to go take a look at the website. The more people who know about this service, the more chance there is of parents being able to access it.