As you may have heard, we are expecting our second child due early next year. Having a child is one of the greatest experiences that I've yet to experience and wouldn't trade it for the world. What I haven't shared with alot of people is the unfortunate circumstances that we've had with both pregnancies. Twice now we've had to deal with a miscarriage. The term miscarriage is so commonplace nowadays that you don't think that much about it. That is until it happens to you. Losing our first child was extremely tough for both of us. We didn't really know how to respond. We're thankful now for the son that we have, but you always wonder “what if”.
Today I wanted to share some information about a local organization that is determined to help families cope with losing a child. That organization is called the Mom Project.
What is the Mom Project?
The MOM Project offers a variety of venues for pregnancy and infant loss support. They started in October 2003 and started delivering gift bags to Memorial Hospital of Carbondale for bereaved families. By their second year, they were sending out birth certificates and recognition of life certificates worldwide. By their third year, they started offering Mother’s Bracelets free of charge. They continued in their third year by sending support and memorial items to bereaved families worldwide. They have been fortunate to acquire some talented and compassionate volunteers. The MOM Project has been honored to affiliate with other organizations such as ILAC (I Lost A Child) of Southern Illinois, The Angel Teddy Bear Foundation, Elena’s Inspiration – The Shining Light Fund, Soul Support, A Mother’s Grief, and others.
What Do They Offer?
They hold a local support group which meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 6:00pm. Their meetings are held at the Carbondale Civic Center in Carbondale, Illinois. We offer an online support group via message board and live chat, as well as email correspondence. Visit our website and click on Messageboard. We also offer one on one support. Our volunteers are compassionate women who have been through a loss and are willing to meet with you on an individual basis as schedules allow.
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Bereaved Mother’s Bracelets
Our free bereaved mother’s bracelet is our most popular program. Our skilled volunteers customize each bracelet to provide a lasting memento for bereaved mothers worldwide.
Our bracelets are made of fire polished glass beads and metal findings. Those requesting bracelets may choose up to three color choices to personalize their bracelet.
For those wanting an even more personal piece of jewelry, we offer a variety of options for a small fee. These include Swarovski crystals, sterling silver beads and findings, charms, names and more. To find out more, visit our online store by going to our website and clicking Store.
Our certificate program brings comfort to bereaved families who are not given a certificate by their state.
Commemorative Birth Certificate
The Commemorative Birth Certificate contains information that is normally included on a live birth certificate. They are printed on quality certificate paper and stamped with our corporate seal.
Recognition of Life Certificate
The Recognition of Life Certificate is perfect for families with an early loss, to recognize the life of their baby. This certificate is also printed on quality certificate paper and stamped with our corporate seal.
The MOM Project is a Not For Profit Organization.
The MOM Project is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization recognized by the IRS as a public charity. Your contributions are tax deductible.
Donations can be made payable to The MOM Project at the address below, or by logging on to our website.
Saturday, June 27th the Mom Project is hosting their annual fundraiser picnic at Lake Murphysboro. They will have a dinner from 12 – 5 pm and have many other activities to help with the awareness of the organization. For information, please call Lisa Porter at 618-529-7454.