Emily's Angels~ helping a Mother on her journey...
$1,500 raised
75% of $2k goal
21 contributors
4 Years running

First time Mom, Emily, looked forward to meeting her identical twin girls in June 2015. However, in early March, Emily began experiencing symptoms of preterm labor. It was at this point that I received a prayer request on behalf of Emily's family ~ for the health of Emily, wisdom for her doctors, and especially for the lives of her twins, Nevaeh & Aerianna.

Unfortunately, one of the twins passed away, but with rest & prayer, the doctors were able to give the other twin a few additional weeks inside her Mother's womb! On March 22, Emily welcomed her stillborn baby Nevaeh, and her 2lb2oz baby Arianna.

Though Aerianna is healthy, she has a long road ahead of her in the NICU. Emily, also, is walking a difficult road as she grieves the loss of Nevaeh, and experiences the challenges of being a "Preemie Mom" to Arianna at the same time. Emily and her family desperately need our prayers and support on this journey - but there are other things that we can do as well to ease her burden.

St. Gerard's Center for Life, where Emily was receiving support, serves pregnant women in crisis due to lack of family/partner support, financial challenges or facing pressures to abort. Enrolled families can participate in classes on prenatal development, breastfeeding, responsible parenting, reproductive health & wellness and life skills support, allowing them to earn items such as baby clothing, diapers and personal items. St. Gerard's also provides Social Service referrals for housing, education, material support, medical aid and adoption for families, as well as free limited obstetrical ultrasounds. St. Gerard's is a place where many women and families find peace and happiness in the value of human life. But nothing can prepare a mother to walk the journey Emily is now on, and as St. Gerard's serves *many* families in the Greater Hartford area, it is time for US to step in as Emily's Angels. Together we can help ease the burden of the burial costs for Nevaeh...Together we can help provide resources to comfort Emily and help her remember Nevaeah....Together we can provide the items and resources needed for Aerianna as she grows and Emily as she celebrates the tiny victories over the next months. Even more important though, is that we will be providing a family with HOPE and a community so they do not have to walk this path alone or in darkness. Let us light their path.

My name is Kathryn Van Stone, and I share my light with Emily in memory of my son Joey, who was stillborn in 2009. In my own journey, I have searched for ways to turn my grief into Stewardship and came across this poem:

"The journey of grief can seem bleak and lonely. Look in front of you...there are others encouraging and guiding you. Look beside you...there are others on the same journey. Look behind you...there are others encouraged by you. We are not alone on this journey."

Through our support, I pray that Emily will know she is not alone on her journey. That we may help divide her grief, and multiply her joy. Funds raised will be allocated directly to the Funeral Home to help with cost of burial...any extra funds will be allocated toward items and resources needed for Emily on her grief journey and for Aerianna while in the NICU.

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