The Story of Rowan's Bear

June 12, 2018


CARA CAMPBELL/The Lufkin News
CARA CAMPBELL/The Lufkin News


I launched a project June 1 in my son's honor called Rowan's Bear.

The beginning of it started nearly two years ago - just days after I lost Rowan. I remember laying in bed, the next night after losing my baby, and my arms physically felt empty. I needed something to hold. It was as if I my body was weeping for what was lost.

I later discovered it's a thing, and it's called empty arms syndrome.

I told my sister and my mom what was going on. We went shopping a couple of days later, and that's when I found the perfect plush teddy bear for me to snuggle with. My sister bought it for me. For the next year I snuggled with that bear every day. It made me feel closer to Rowe, and gave me a sense of peace.

The months that followed I met amazing women who walked the same journey I did and were helping each other in many ways. Both Krystal of With Love, Genesis and Joy and Rachel of The Anahera Project were people I looked up to and admired what they did with their ministries.

I wanted to help others. I kept lists of different things I wanted to do. I played with the idea of making grief boxes, sending quote cards, and other ideas swirled in my heard. But nothing felt right to me and my story. I played around with the idea of sending teddy bears, but it was never concrete.

That was until this past May when I decided to do it on a spur of the moment.

I thought that I could have people donate bears, and then I could send one or two a month out to grieving families. But then I decided to reach out to the company that made my teddy bear I bought two years prior.

Enter Birchwood Trading Co.

I emailed the company's customer service with no expectations that I would hear back.

The next day I was at work, and all of sudden I checked my email, and I got an email from Larry of Birchwood. I was speechless when I read that email, because he wanted to help me.

Y'all, I can't even describe how much my heart soared hearing they wanted to help me with my project.

So, I am happy to say that I am partnering with Birchwood with Rowan's Bear.

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It has seriously been such an amazing, beautiful partnership that I am so grateful for.

Larry, and the Birchwood team, have been such a wonderful support in all of this.

They are offering the bears at a discounted rate with a flat fee for shipping in the United States.

With Rowan's Bear, I want to help mothers, and fathers, and just families, who are hurting after losing a pregnancy and infant loss. It is a tough journey to walk, but it's a journey you never have to walk alone. I just want to bring some comfort and peace to those families.

So, this is a little behind the story of Rowan's Bear. For the month of June, Rowan's Bear will be sending out 15 bears to grieving families. I am hoping to continue to grow that number each month to help families enduring this. You can donate by clicking here.

Also, you can follow Rowan's Bear on Facebook and Instagram.

I am truly grateful for the support and love that I have received for Rowan's Bear. It's truly been humbling for people to say Rowan's name. This is all for him.

Love,
Megan

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