July 24, 2017
‘Hug Hampers’ – Support for those experiencing infertility
From supporting a friend through a difficult time, Lisa knew only too well how difficult it can be to know what to say or to do for a friend experiencing loss. Lisa unfortunately found herself in the same situation years later, and has now created the wonderful idea of ‘Hug Hampers’ designed for others going through infertility or loss. She tells us about her project:
“Years ago, a friend told me she’d had a miscarriage. I had no idea what to say or do and at that time, no idea how she might be feeling. All I knew was that I wanted to make her feel better and attempt to ease her pain. I sent her some flowers and chocolates and offered to be there if she needed me.
Some years later I found myself in her situation. After countless IVF treatments to try and make a brother or sister for our son, we finally got pregnant but sadly lost the baby before 12 weeks. Our friends and family were wonderful and our kitchen was very quickly flooded with flowers. We were overwhelmed with the love but very quickly I started to associate a simple act of kindness like flowers, with sad, dark times.
Nearly a year had passed since then and I felt compelled to do something to help and support people. I wanted to give friends and families a way to help people in the same situation whilst also raising awareness of two topics that are rarely discussed, and to also give back to those who had helped me.
I wanted to create something that would bring a smile to the person receiving it, if only for a short time. Something that not only contained lovely treats, but also included useful items and specialist advice on how to deal with the situation that person was in.
At this time I have two hampers available, both are detailed on my ‘shop‘ page. Please take a look at this and also at my ‘our friends‘ page to see more information on who has helped make these hampers what they are and also the amazing organisations that have helped me.
I would like to raise awareness around infertility and loss on my Facebook and Instagram page. Please do follow them for updates on what is going on, how you can get involved and any news from Hug Hampers.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. If you have any comments, questions, feedback or simply want to get in touch to tell me about your story, then please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org