Published on March 24, 2023

Breath of Life Boxes Aim to Help Parents Cope

Owensboro Health Regional Hospital now has Blakely’s Breath Of Life boxes.

NICU Nurse Tara Barnes started Blakely's Breath of Life — an organization that provides bereavement boxes — in memory of her daughter. Tara’s goal is to raise awareness of miscarriages, stillbirths and infant loss and to be a resource to parents in need.

Two different types of boxes are available, one for loss under 20 weeks and one for loss over 20 weeks. Boxes can include a crochet baby blanket, hat and prayer cloth, memory candle, hand and foot casting kit, mommy and me bracelets, a keychain, book, remembrance flower seed card, footprint necklace, brochures, a letter to the family and more.

We hope these items will comfort families as they grieve.

Breath of Life Box Group
Breath of Life Box

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