At the end of last year, I received an email from a paediatric nurse, Germac, working at KKH, asking me if I could help spread the word about something that most parents don’t face.
Coping with the loss of a child.
We see it in the news. We hear it from somebody from time to time. Our hearts get broken. And then we move on because we aren’t the ones who have to live with the loss.
Some children were taken because they were ill for a long time and their little bodies couldn’t fight the disease. Some were taken away suddenly for no rhyme or reason. Either way, it hurts more than death for the parents who have lost their children, and the family is suddenly left with grief and fading memories of their angels in heaven.
Germac and her colleagues have spent their lives as paediatric nurses tending to the needs of sick children, nursing some back to health and witnessing the heartbreaking loss of some in the process. And they have been looking at ways to keep a part of the angels who have gone to heaven, as a simple, yet grand gesture of helping the bereaved cope with the loss. They have been making casts of the little ones’ hands or feet with the limited resources they have as a remembrance for the bereaved families. Unfortunately, these kits are expensive and are not readily available at times, and as much as the team has spent their own money buying these kits from retail stores, this isn’t sustainable.
Germac and her colleagues are not asking for monetary donations. They are however asking me to help spread the word to parents who may have received casting kits as gifts but have never or do not intend to use the kits, to donate them instead. They are also looking at ways to purchase the kits in bulk at wholesale prices, so if anyone has a lead, please do come forward to give Germac your suggestions.
You may contact her at germacshen AT gmail DOT com to learn more about this personal initiative that the paediatric nurses have started. Please help if you can.