little reminders

I got a letter in the mail from the hospital where I delivered Avalon. It stated that because my privacy was breached, they were required to notify me that the camera chip which stored photos of deceased babies for momentos to give to grieving parents was stolen, and despite a thorough investigation, they have not been recovered. Information on the chip may have included: mother’s name, mother’s birth date, baby’s weight, and baby’s photo.

I just think… god. Somewhere is this chip, and on it is all of these dead babies. And photos of mothers experiencing the most poignantly sad and traumatic event of their life (holding their dead baby).

It’s just like this collection of heartbreak was a balloon… and now it’s just out there, floating through the world. My story, our stories, just drifting into the universe, a message in a bottle, a signal beamed out into the night sky.

Author: Mother of All Things

Mother by fostering, adoption, and marriage... wife to my best friend... Bay area critical care nurse... travel in my blood, reading in my bones, clean food on my mind!

2 thoughts on “little reminders”

  1. Wow, I cannot believe someone stole that! I kind of hope they had no idea what they were stealing.
    I can only imagine the feelings that so many families are experiencing knowing that their most precious pictures are floating around. I am just so sorry.

  2. I am going to hope it is just lost under a filing cabinet or accidentally got thrown away. Unless a whole bunch of chips got stolen. Oh man, I am sure no one wanted to be the one to write and send these letters.

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