“That little box was all I had,” she said. “That became very important to me during my grieving process.”
So, when Woods found out that Walker Baptist Medical Center needed help with their memory boxes, she decided to get involved.
“The nurses at the hospital were going to buy little things when they needed them,” Woods said.
So Woods gathered others that she knew had suffered a similar loss and formed the Hope After Loss Organization, or H.A.L.O. They decorate the boxes and include baby clothes, a handprint kit, a teddy bear, a keepsake for the moms, literature on loss and resources and a disposable camera in case the parents want to take pictures of their child. The group is now providing boxes for Walker Baptist Medical Center and Princeton Baptist Medical Center.
“I feel like I’m getting to do something to honor my baby, and it also helps the hospital,” Woods said.
The group meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Walker County Schools Health Services Building. Woods says the group of women mostly talk, work on memory boxes and discuss fundraising for their events.
“There are no counselors, just a bunch of women who have lost babies,” Woods explained. “Sometimes that’s what you need, someone who has been there and knows how you feel.”
This year, the group hosted a Mother’s Day Banquet for the mothers who have suffered a loss, and next year they hope to expand the banquet to include all the parents who have suffered a loss.
The group will also be marking the Worldwide Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day on Oct. 15 with a candlelight ceremony at the Prayer Garden across from First Baptist Church in Jasper at 6:30 p.m.
“We’d like to invite anyone to attend,” Woods said.
The group will also be at the Health Fair on Nov. 2 at the Jasper Mall for anyone who wants more information or to donate to their cause. They sell t-shirts and cookbooks and do various other fundraisers to help fund their efforts.