Today, I went online to renew my volunteer status at Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep. I should have done this months ago, but haven't for various reasons. It's been nagging me though, so tonight I decided to go ahead with it. When I went to the website, I found that NILMDTS has been in the news recently as the Duggars of the reality show 19 Kids & Counting required the organization's services this past week. There's a lot of controversy due to the memorial service and photos which leaked
First off, to those of you who are offended by the photographs - don't look. I saw a couple images in an article and they're absolutely tasteful. If you think photographing deceased infants is sick and wrong, imagine it was you. Wouldn't you want the pictures? Think of history - in the Victorian era, post-mortem images (especially of children) were quite common. The mortality rate was high and a photograph was a reminder of the child that was lost. It still is.
Second - This is a tragedy. Yes, I completely understand mocking reality show stars, but this is a baby. A lost baby. The way some articles online are referring to the child is disgusting. I honestly am far more sickened by the scathing tone of the articles and their uncaring choice of words than the fact that a family wants to have (and show photos at) a memorial service for their child.
Third - Despite the sorrow (I can't help but get teary when I hear about the death of infants and children), I'm glad that NILMDTS was in the news. The more that the world hears about the organization, the better. NILMDTS does a wonderful thing for people going through a terrible time and it's something that everyone should be aware of.
So yeah. I just wanted to share that with you guys if you weren't aware. And if you are aware, don't hate, ok? You can mock reality show people if you want (I know I do it) but don't be cruel about this.
Oh, and seeing as it's the holiday season, if you're in the giving mood, please donate to Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep. It's an amazing organization providing professional infant memorial photography for free to families who have lost or are likely to lose their baby. What is there but memories?