The Remembering Together Ornament Swap is back for a fifth Holiday season. By participating in the swap, you will receive an ornament with your baby’s name, hand-made with love, from a fellow bereaved mother (or father or family.) You will also make an ornament honoring a lost child to send to another family. Please read this entire post before filling out the sign up form at the end.
A reminder that the “making” process is an important part of the swap. We want all participants to share a part of themselves by creating the ornament they give. There are some suggestions in the FAQ to help start the creative process.
The important dates for this years swap are as follows:
Sign-up deadline - November 16, 6 pm EST
Receiving swap assignments - November 19
Mailing deadline - December 4
The addition of the confirmation email for participants last year did seem to reduce some of the communication issues we had in previous years. However, I still received too many emails from ornament makers explaining how something had just “come up” that prevented them from completing their ornament on time.
Please think carefully before signing up about whether you have the time and/or financial resources to commit to participating in the swap. As much as you might be disappointed to not participate, another parent who doesn’t receive their ornament will be more disappointed and hurt.
After organizing this swap for the past 3 years, I can honestly say that the process of tracking down missing ornaments is by far the worst part of the job and can completely eclipse all the good feelings created by seeing the photos of beautiful ornaments being proudly displayed all over the world.
The answers to questions you have about the swap may be found in the Swap FAQ. If not, please send your question via email to rememberingswaps at gmail dot com. and we will do our best to help you.
I am also looking for a volunteer to assist with this year’s swap and take over running the swap in the future. If you are interested in doing this, please contact the swap via FB or by email at rememberingswaps at gmail dot com.
Thank you for reading. We hope you can join us this year and