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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