Honoring our son, Noah Wilde
Our ministry was inspired by my son, Noah Wilde, who went to be with Jesus at 35 weeks. After his stillbirth, I connected with many online support groups for stillborn families, infant loss and pregnancy loss, I found a common theme that surprised me..
Families, especially moms, wanted to share their baby's story or photos but simply didn't because they thought it would make others too uncomfortable. "Others" often included family and friends. I quickly realized that I, too, felt that way. I realized I was so concerned with not making others uncomfortable that it was suppressing my feelings and, ultimately, my healing.
Since then, I was on a mission to find a company that creates baby memorial gifts for grieving families. I found some but none were what I envisioned. Many offer printed photos, many offer birth announcements, but none offer a timeless baby memorial gift that can be personalized and includes the baby's photo. The baby remembrance gifts that I found were very colorful, full of sappy quotes and not what I had in mind.
I wanted a remembrance keepsake that was classic, yet modern. I wanted a keepsake that was one-of-a-kind and 100% unique. A gift that would be customizable to each baby and tell their story. Then I started envisioning a baby memorial print of Noah; one that was hanging in the living space of my home. Openly displayed for everyone to see. One that included his sweet photo and his dainty birth details. All things that many bereaved parents don't get the joy of sharing.
I visualized the meaning behind his name being highlighted, along with his birth flower, birthstone, and the season he was born. I saw his name in a big, bold, timeless font at the top, with encouraging scripture intermingled on the page. I, also, wanted the ability to blur the hospital background so Noah was the main focus.
What paper did I see these baby memorials being printed on? Textured cardstock was my obvious choice. A premium quality paper that was made to last for years and years. Free of lignin and acid; paper that wouldn't turn yellow or fade and inks that would capture even the smallest of details to perfection.
That is how Mother of Wilde's ministry was born. Our memorial gifts honor these sweet babies and their legacy that will live on through their families. It gives bereaved families an opportunity to share their child's photo and story. Our loss keepsakes can be completely customized with their child's details and, eventually, displayed in their home, instead of photos hidden away in a box in the attic.
Our mission is to encourage bereaved moms and dads to share their baby's story. My hope is that through our baby remembrance gifts, we can point families to the joy, healing, and peace that can only come from Jesus.
"Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.." Jeremiah 1:5