If you didn’t catch this on Facebook, just wanted to say thank you so much EVERYONE for participating. Many of you signed up for my newsletter during the giveaway and I’m grateful for that! I will hold more giveaways like this in the near future. Spreading awareness for infant loss and the grief and healing journey has been a special opportunity for me. Many people are in awe that I would share these details, but I do so openly and honestly because that is what others who share in similar loss have done for me. They paved the way for hope and healing during the most painful times of losing Ty, and I hope to do the same. Besides, I love to talk about my cute boy because it brings him to the forefront of my thoughts and heart!
The winner of this giveaway was Jamie-Lee Vincent, residing all the way in Australia. I’m excited for Borrowed Angel to make its way over to that part of the world! I know entering this giveaway was very personal for many of you, either for your own loss or for a loved one going through this. I appreciate your messages and you for sharing your stories. My heart goes out to each of you!
I will see you around the online world.
Erica Kiefer, November 2, 2015
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On October 20th, my son would be turning six years-old. This year, I would have joined the throng of new Kindergarten moms saying farewell to their child, who would be wearing an over-sized backpack and perhaps a nervous smile on his face. Maybe he would need me to hold his hand all the way to his new classroom, or maybe he’d shake me off with a confident grin, only looking over his shoulder to shout, “I love you!” before scurrying inside. I don’t know. All I can do is imagine, wondering how his personality would compare to his younger siblings, and how our family dynamic might differ if my first-born were still here with me.
Ty Edward Kiefer, the first beautiful child in my life to make me a mother, passed away unexpectedly from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) when he was four months-old. Another written paragraph or two could never capture the horror and heartache that began the morning I found him in his crib, nor could it begin to describe the journey of hope and healing that would follow. I wrote Borrowed Angel in effort to share the experience, with a goal to offer comfort and hope to other mothers who have experienced loss.
This giveaway is in honor of Infant Loss Awareness. I hope my book and the Willow Tree carving of a mother and her baby (entitled Angel of Mine), will find their way into the hands of one who might need comfort.