Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep on the Today Show

As I mentioned on the old blog a while back, I am a member of a group of photographers called Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep (NILMDTS). This is a non-profit organization that provides photography to families across the country dealing with the loss of a child. These photographers document the brief lives of infants that are terminally ill or still-born. I found out about this organization when a friend of mine lost a child last year. I had offered to photograph her and her family and her son when the hard decision was made to take him off life support when he was only about 9 months old. When I was not able to make the trip to Denver to photograph the family as planned, I was so relieved to hear that the family had been referred to Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep. I had never heard of them before and when I learned what they were doing, I knew immediately that I had to join in their efforts.

While I have not been called to go to a hospital and photograph a family yet, I know it is just as important to spread the word about Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep. Many familes have never heard of the organization and bury their babies without ever having portraits of them. The pictures serve as a living memory and tangible evidence of a short but meaningful life on earth. NBC’s Today Show is helping to get the word out to families, friends, doctors and nurses that this is a FREE service, available to ALL families that find themselves in need of this service.

Here is a link to the video on the Today Show. It moved me to tears. Ann Curry put it beautifully: Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep is “documenting the value of every life.” I hope that no one reading this blog ever has to refer the services of an organization like Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, but if you do, know that myself and 3,200 other photographers across the country are here to help in the one way we can.

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  1. Kristin
    14 years ago

    Whew…I probably shouldn’t have watched that clip. I remember when someone posted this organization on Adrienne’s blog; I can’t help but think of Noah and his portraits when I see this. But it certainly reminds me how blessed I am to have two thriving, healthy children. What admiration I have for you to volunteer to be of service to families like these. In some ways , I hope you never have to be called, but I also know how fortunate any family going through this would be to have you.

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