Welcome to the Sweet Pea Project's Blog, part of the Sweet Pea Project's effort to create a supportive and compassionate community for those of us affected by the death of a child. Here you will find updates on the Sweet Pea Project, as well as anything going on in the world that relates to childloss. If you have a suggestion for a topic you would like to see discussed here, I'd love to hear it. Please make sure you stop by the official website, www.sweetpeaproject.org and feel free to email me for any reason at anytime at Stephanie@sweetpeaproject.org.
peace, Stephanie Cole (Madeline's Mom)

Monday, October 28, 2013

Extraordinary Give

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The Extraordinary Give: November 22, 2013

If your life has been touched by Sweet Pea Project, then please consider supporting us this November 22 as we participate in the Extraordinary Give. 

The Extraordinary Give is Lancaster County’s 24-hour Online Giving marathon, where every dollar donated at ExtraGive.org on Nov 22 will be stretched by a $250,000 contribution from the Lancaster County Community Foundation shared among participating community organizations, plus incentives and prizes that can further benefit our organization.

Your tax-deductible on-line donation to Sweet Pea Project through www.extragive.org on November 22 will allow us to continue offering comfort, support and gentle guidance to families who have experienced the death of a baby before, during or after birth.

Mark your calendar for November 22 and tell your friends!  “When We Give Extra, Extraordinary Things Happen!”

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Remembrance Gathering Videos & Photos

October 15th was a beautiful day this year, there was warmth and blue sky and sunshine abounding but the thing that made it so beautiful was not the weather- it was the sense of community that filled the grassy field at Long's Park as we all gathered together- all 700 of us!- to shout to the sky, with wildflower seeds and green balloons, that our children are loved, they are missed and they are remembered.  

If you weren't able to join us at the park, we invite you to hop over to youtube to watch two videos we created. One is a video recording of Stephanie speaking about remembrance and Beth reading each sweet name as the balloons float up into the sky http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIWt8V9Y_nw and the other is a montage of stunning photographs taken at the event by Grace Photos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9C6XN8LIvw&feature=youtu.be.

If you were a guest at the gathering and you would like to download a free image of your family from the event, please check your email for a link to our password protected album.  There are 3 or 4 times more pictures in that album than time allowed us to share in the video, so please peruse the album for more amazing images.  Email Stephanie if you are unable to access the album for some reason.

Thank you to everyone who joined us that day and helped make it such a tender, sacred, moving evening. We are already excitedly looking forward to next year's gathering on October 15, 2014.  We hope to see you there.