One journey of grief and hope
Our story is just one of many stories of child loss. By sharing our story, we invite you to reflect on your personal journey, and we want you to know that you are not alone. Together, we’ll weave a tapestry of stories that collectively form the story of child loss and Forever Held.
a place of deep grief-
the story of founders hayden and sheree ballinger
The idea of Forever Held came after our most recent miscarriage in May 2018 when we lost our beautiful baby boy, Jamin, after 18 weeks of pregnancy. His devastating loss propelled us into a place of deep grief as we tried to come to terms with losing our precious son.
There were no answers.
unquestionably traumatic, it carries with it hidden gifts as well.”
Susan A Berger
Our world changed forever
We grieved in a vastly different ways, making it challenging to know how to connect and support each other. We grappled with how to process our grief in the middle of the everyday demands of life. The impact of grief on our family was enormous.
Even though this is not the story we would have chosen, this is our story. Rather than running from it, suppressing it or hiding it, we are learning to accept it. We needed to make space for our grief no matter how uncomfortable or painful.
a vision of hope
with glimpses of beauty. There will never be anything ok about the loss of our children but in the midst of our pain and loss, we found hope in the darkness.
We also realised that spending time in nature helped us to be still and experience a sense of peace even though our circumstances had not changed.
Our journey led to our vision of providing a peaceful retreat to help parents grieve the loss of a child.