We could hardly keep up with the demand at first and soon we were overwhelmed with requests from the hospital and from friends and acquaintances. In the first year alone, we gave away 75 albums. It seemed as though everyone knew a family who had experienced the death of a baby and couldn’t find an appropriate way to show how much they cared. In the years that followed we donated many more albums and the feedback we received about the album was very positive. We began to wonder how we would ever be able to keep up with the requests.
In February of 2001 we were invited to Focus on the Family®, a family-support organization in Colorado Springs. Focus airs a daily radio broadcast heard all over the world on marriage, parenting and other topics. They had been graciously donating a book to us about infant loss which we’d been including with our album to the families in need. Focus had not actually seen the album and when we shared it with them they offered to help expand our outreach by publishing it. Apparently they also needed just such a resource to offer to the many families they encountered who had experienced the death of a child.
This was truly an answer to prayer. Suddenly we knew how we could meet the ever-growing demand for the albums. As it turned out, the need at the hospital was much greater than we would have believed. We learned that the infant and pregnancy losses at our local hospital are actually over 300 a year. We believe that the numbers of families affected by this loss on a national-scale is astronomical.
Forever in our Hearts is the culmination of many months of meetings, research, writing, editing and re-writing. We are grateful to all who have guided us, believed in us and supported us. Our hope and prayer is that the album, in some small way helps to bring healing and hope to many hurting families.