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Sandbox on a grave...

by Charli McKenzie

 

A mother paid tribute to her deceased 5-day-old son by adding a sandbox to his grave, so her older boy could continue to play with his brother.

She says she originally planned to decorate the gravesite of her son with glass pebbles, but then realized her older son needed his own place to mourn.

Her older son has been cherishing the playtime with his lost sibling, often asking his mother if he can go to "baby Ryan's sandbox." 

** Baby Ryan died five days after birth in October 2013 due to Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephlopathy, or HIE, a brain dysfunction that occurs when there is a lack of blood flow to the brain. The family has now committed themselves to raising awareness of HIE through their new nonprofit Pages to Memories, an organization that donates supplies to neonatal intensive care units and provides emotional support to struggling families.