Sometime in our lives, things happen that completely transform your life forever. For me, it was 22 years ago when I had a baby born with severe birth defects. So, severe that he only lived for 8 days. It was the most difficult week of my life by far. I watched as my little innocent son was hooked up to tubes and wires, and was poked and prodded. In the end, he was just too sick. I wrote about this a few weeks ago, as I took part in the Boundless Challenge, offered by Confessions of a reborn girl.
After talking to his team of doctors, my family and I made the decision to remove him from life support and let him go. Before his final moments, we were able to hold him for the first time, after 8 days. We took many photos, which I still have to this day.
So, when I came across this non-profit, I knew I had to share it with all of you wonderful people. This non-profit is called “Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep.” (NILMDTS)
NILMDTS, provides photography for parents who have suffered the loss of an infant, briefly stopping time, and giving a gift of remembrance. Trust me, this is about the best gift you could give a parent who has lost a child.
From their website:
To introduce remembrance photography to parents suffering the loss of a baby with a free gift of professional portraiture.
NILMDTS trains, educates, and mobilizes professional quality photographers to provide beautiful heirloom portraits to families facing the untimely death of an infant. We believe these images serve as an important step in the family’s healing process by honoring the child’s legacy.
Maddux Achilles Haggard was born on Feb. 4, 2005, with a condition called myotubular myopathy. It prevented him from breathing, swallowing or moving on his own. On the sixth day of his young life, his parents, Mike and Cheryl Haggard had to make the excruciating decision to take him off life support. Before they did, they called photographer Sandy Puc’ to take black and white portraits of them cradling their son. Puc’ photographed the couple with Maddux at the hospital before he was removed from life support and after — when he was free from the tubes and the wires that had sustained him.
For more information on NILMDTS:
If you are a photographer, and would like to volunteer your services, contact NILMDTS through their website: Volunteer information.
A video showcasing parents experience with NILMDTS
Here are a few of their beautiful and touching portraits
More info: Homepage – Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep