Nimkee Angel Day in SickKids NICU

It is becoming more common to see families posting photos at the end of their child's life and yet each time I see such pictures I am thankful for the parents amazing sharing. My Baby Is An Angel is a blog by a mom of six children honoring one child still born and later named Noah-Alexander (along with her guilt about the silence accompanying this birth) and Bennett-Chadlen "Nimkee" born with Trisomy 13 who died at one week. The website includes links to resources and other family sites and Melissa later wrote a letter wishing parents and staff were more aware that Trisomy 13 is not always a condition 'incompatible with life'. Family photos on Picasa include a poignant transition from mom's pregnancy to grief and death in the NICU and a beautiful set of photos by a photographer with Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep of Nimkee's death in SickKids NICU. Bennet died surrounded by his family's love and tears and father Chandlen playing a song composed for his son. You can hear the song accompanied by the pictures below. Thanks to Melissa and Chandlen for sharing these moving and unforgettable images of Bennet's life.

Under a video of Bennet, his mom writes:

~Breaking the silence of the taboo subject of Infant Loss~

~The background music was written and recorded by Bennett-Chadlen's father, Chadlen. He wrote the guitar portion while he was in the NICU, and this is what our sweet boy heard as he drifted away in our arms.....this montage captures our final moments together. Viewer discretion is advised. I realize that many of you may not understand why a family might want these photos, but they're all we have to hold onto.

~I share this with's your choice whether you view it or not. Upon viewing, you will understand what we went through....please show compassion to any grieving mothers that you know. Even if you don't have words, a tender touch is enough.

~I'm here to break the many like me don't have to feel so alone.

~We will never forget, and we want you to always remember.

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