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Mom Builds Heartbreaking Sandbox On Son's Grave So His Mourning Brother Can Play With Him - See The Moving Photo HERE

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mom builds sandbox for son on his brothers grave so they can be close

Everyone grieves in their own way.

A mother from Lake City, Florida created her own heartbreaking tribute to her son who passed away only five days after he was born.

Ashlee Hammac decided to build a sandbox with blue sand on top of her late son's grave, but it wasn't herself that she built it for. It was for her 3-year-old son Tucker who wanted to mourn his brother in his own way.

After posing a heartbreaking picture of her son playing with a truck in the aforementioned sandbox the Facebook photo quickly went viral, and thousands of people have reached out to the mother to mention how touched they were by her tribute.

The momma explained recently why she created the unusual memorial, and who she created it for. She said:

"The more I thought about it, the more I wanted something my other son Tucker could be incorporated in. He always goes out there with me, and sits out there, and sings lullabies, and talks to him just like he was there. So I wanted it to be special for him too. His favorite thing right now is trucks."

Ashlee's deceased son Ryan Michael Jolley passed away this past October 16th, five days after he was born, from Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephlopathy - a brain dysfunction that occurred because of a lack of oxygen to the brain.

To raise awareness for her late son's condition, she and her family have created Pages to Memories .

The organization donates blankets, books, and more items to hospitals for newborn babies and their parents to use.

Although Ashlee's son wasn't on this earth for very long, he was able to make a huge difference to one family. His healthy heart was donated to an ailing baby.

We think it's such a beautiful gesture for this momma to create such a moving tribute to her gone-but-not-forgotten son for his older brother.

Best of luck to this inspiring family!

[Image via Sawyer's Heart/Facebook.]

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16 comments to “Mom Builds Heartbreaking Sandbox On Son's Grave So His Mourning Brother Can Play With Him - See The Moving Photo HERE”

  1. 1

    Oh brother are you fucking serious? because it's not enough that kids in our society are morbid enough thinking they are vampires and zombies. Idiot mom.

  2. theresa andrews says – reply to this


    Re: pollopicu – It is not because God decided to keep silence towards your person that it means God will have no interaction with others.
    No wonder you'd be an atheist. You want so much that everything applies in the same way for everyone, as with a scientific formula. If you can't have something it is as if no one should be able to.

  3. 3

    Re: pollopicu – this is actually sweet, your the idiot and very unintelligent.

  4. 4

    You people are such fucking morons.

  5. 5

    I think this is absolutely beautiful. It not only keeps a child occupied while at a cemetery but also makes sure that this little boy knows his sibling and has fond memories with him even though he was taken away too soon.

  6. MICHELLE says – reply to this


    I think this mother did what she felt what she needed to do in this situation! i honestly feel this was a great thing for her son & the entire family. the loss of a child is hard enough but to try to explain to another child has got to be gut-wrenching,i would never want to be put in that position! so good thinkin MOMMY!!!

  7. SV says – reply to this


    Re: pollopicu – Are you kidding me?! How rude are you?!?! Who said anything about zombies or vampires? You are clearly the idiot.

  8. Molybdenum Studios says – reply to this


    Very heartbreaking.

  9. 9

    Re: pollopicu – So why are you posting here if you cannot accept the opinions of others.
    Personally I think it a bit strange, but like Perez said, everyone grieves in their own way.

  10. hum says – reply to this


    well…but won't neighbourhood/stray cats use it as cat litter?

  11. Leigh says – reply to this


    That's plain disturbing.
    Nice litter box, though.

  12. Travvie says – reply to this


    Weird and morbid. I think the Mom (and poor brother) need counseling.
    As others have said - what about stray cats?
    And what of the future?? Will she update it to include game boxes, or ?
    What happens when the brother outgrows the little cars? When he is a teen will he be expected to bring his dates to "visit"? Just disturbing and I really think she needs help

  13. Lizzie says – reply to this


    It is a personal way of mom trying to keep memory of child and his little brother alive, in a way that is sweet and a personal as possible. Lots of people leave memorable trinkets of significance at a headstone, why not a little bit of sand a few little toys to make it a little less difficult for the surviving sibling?? Though it is a little strange and unconventional. You better pray you NEVER have to walk in this persons place. You have no room to judge someone who is grieving because they buried their child!

  14. Tessa says – reply to this


    I think this sandbox was more for the mother than for the little boy. It would be one thing if the son who had died was old enough to have actually been a playmate to his brother, but the baby died after only a few days of life. Doing this whole "let's go to the cemetery to play with your little brother" is sort of creepy and possibly mentally damaging to the living son. My son-in-law spent his entire childhood living in the shadow of deceased older brother who died while a baby before my SIL was even born. His mother couldn't get over the death of her baby and she just had to integrate his presence into the life of her other child who never knew him. My SIL this his mom is a little nuts because of this.

  15. jenski1726 says – reply to this


    This is completely weird and highly damaging to this child. I can not believe any mother would do this. My fiance is a psychologist and can list off a bunch things that is wrong with this.

  16. doodlesmama says – reply to this


    While the photo may strike some as odd, it actually shows something very healthy, said Robin F. Goodman, a psychologist specializing in bereavement issues, She praised Hammac for being open and honest about her baby’s passing and for acclimating her older son to the idea of life and death.

    “It’s not a taboo subject in this family,” said Goodman, the executive director of A Caring Hand, The Billy Esposito Foundation in New York, which helps kids and families cope with death.

    “You don’t have to hide when something sad happens.”