I have mentioned a few times on here about Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep. This network trains and mobilizes photographers in the work of providing professional remembrance photography for families experiencing the untimely death of a child or a fatal diagnosis. This is free of charge to the families that receive them. Back when we were given Arthur’s diagnosis, I got in contact with the Charlotte area coordinator for NILMDTS. Fortunately for us, we had time to plan for Arthur’s arrival knowing he wouldn’t be with us long. Some families have no warning. But regardless of the circumstances, these photographers provide their valuable services and products for free, as gifts to grieving families. Not only that, but they give up time, as they are on call to come to the hospital with little or no notice to serve.
Our photographer came to the hospital shortly after Arthur was born, from a Christmas production involving her kids. Arthur was born at 10:20pm and she stayed with us into the early morning hours of the 9th of December. We are so grateful for the sacrifices she made to capture these first precious moments with our son. While he is no longer with us, the memories we have from these photos will help us to look back and remember our time with him.
A little part of me wondered how I would feel once I saw him, mainly the effect of his condition. I can assure you, I saw nothing but beauty in this boy from the moment he was placed on my chest. I love these photos. To me, they capture the love that we felt for Arthur and for one another in those first moments after seeing him for the first time. We hope that you enjoy them too.
If you are a professional photographer, I would highly encourage you to look into volunteering your photography services and serve your community this way with your talent. You can play an important role in helping families heal after child loss. You can be a source of light to families during the darkest time in their lives.
If you are not a photographer, but would like to help NILMDTS, I would encourage you to donate here.