Remembering and honouring a son and brother
For 27 years, Rose Szypula and her family have been delivering gifts to children at McMaster Children’s Hospital on one special day each year. (TW infant death)
A year of loss and joy
It has been 27 years since we lost our son Aaron. He was a big boy, weighing in at 9lbs. 14oz. September 15, 1994 was supposed to be a wonderful day. My husband Chester and I were to meet our first child and experience the joy of becoming parents. But things did not go as we had planned. Aaron only lived for a very short time after delivery due to circumstances beyond our control. The McMaster staff worked extremely hard to bring him back but unfortunately they were unsuccessful.
The following year was a difficult one for us as well. But joy was to be had in late summer when I delivered our beautiful daughter Samantha. As Aaron’s first birthday was approaching, we were unsure how to celebrate him in a positive light. I thought to myself, how we could make other children feel the love that we had for our son? That’s when I decided to celebrate my son’s birthday by donating a gift wrapped up in bows and ribbons to the pediatric ward at McMaster every year.
Making a difference with Aaron’s legacy
It has become an extremely rewarding and cathartic tradition for our family. We had two more children after we had Samantha. Our wonderful son Ethan and our baby girl Sydney. When they were young, I would bring them with me to the hospital to make our donation so that they could understand the importance of trying to make a difference in people’s lives. To put a smile on a child’s face who otherwise had been having a rough day was the end goal. Our son Aaron’s legacy has become a wonderful testament to our ability to show others compassion, joy and love. Something we all could use a little more of.
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day
Pregnancy and infant loss is a topic many people shy away from. When a loss happens, the consequences of that loss are unique to each person.
October 15 is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. The PAIL network (Pregnancy and Infant Loss) offers resources for families who have experienced a loss. You do not need a referral to access their services.
Hamilton Health Sciences has created a resource for parents, friends and family: What to expect after pregnancy loss or losing a baby.