2011-06-15 “Good Samaritan”

Let me tell you about a good Samaritan who lives amongst us…a lady, who through an unfortunate experience of her own is making a difference in the lives of others.  Sharon Craner who lives in Blenheim has been crocheting outfits for premature babies and donating them to the hospital for some time now because of a special place she has in her heart for children.  And now Sharon’s good deeds are continuing beyond the hospital.  Because she understands the pain of losing a child, Sharon has donated a number of baby outfits to the Blenheim Community Funeral Home so that we in turn can offer them to families who have experienced a perinatal loss.  Thank you so much, Sharon.  Your thoughtfulness is appreciated and will continue to be appreciated in the future.  

I have written before about positive changes that are being made in helping families who experience perinatal losses.  It’s important for you to understand that although a child is not considered to be stillborn until the twentieth week of gestation or if the child’s weight is over 500 grams, there are options available to you if that criteria is not met…you can still give your child a name, you can still have a dignified service and you can still have an interment.  And because of the efforts of people like Sharon Craner and the wonderful staff at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home who continue to care that much more, we are able to waive our fees for children’s funerals.  I understand that this is a difficult topic to read about, but parents who I have helped are relieved when they find out that they do have options and it’s information that needs to be shared.  I will include an evening to talk about this in the fall when we start our monthly seminars.  In the meantime, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to call.