“It’s the scariest day of your life.” Jennifer went to her doctor, at 37 weeks of pregnancy, and heard the devastating news; the baby had no heartbeat. Later that day, with her husband at her side, Jennifer gave birth to Vivienna. With profound sadness and shock, they said goodbye to their daughter. Jennifer and her family received a Comfort Box from Sarah’s Heart at Methodist Hospital. “The box was a comfort to us. It’s the weirdest and most horrible feeling in the world to leave the hospital without your baby.” Women have shared that having the box to hold on to when they left the hospital was helpful. Sarah’s Heart provides Comfort Boxes containing a teddy bear, journal, book about pregnancy and early infant loss, a Willow Tree figurine, Starbuck’s card, and a brochure on Sarah’s Heart Services. Two months after Vivienna’s death, Jennifer felt the need to talk to someone and connected with Sarah’s Heart to receive counseling. Receiving counseling at no cost was a tremendous help to her and her family as they began the healing process.
Sarah’s Heart provided 178 Comfort Boxes to families experiencing the loss of a baby during 2016. As we also expanded our reach to San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC); our Comfort Boxes are now available in 3 area hospitals.