Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital has a new tool to help grieving families, thanks to a Bay area non-profit.
- Everly’s Angels Foundation started in 2015
- Foundation donated a CuddleCot to Hopkins on Wednesday.
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Crystal Hopkins started Everly’s Angels Foundation after she lost her daughter, Everly, just shy of her first birthday in 2015. Everly was born with a genetic disorder called Trisomy 18.
"This just gives parents the time they need,” Hopkins said of the Foundation. “When you are in a situation like child loss, you feel like you’re out of control, and this gives control back to the family."
The foundation donated a CuddleCot to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Wednesday. This is the first CuddleCot at a Bay area hospital.
"We are so excited that we are here doing it, but we are sad there is a reality for it,” Hopkins said.
Everly’s name is engraved on the new CuddleCot for the hospital.
"When you are in a situation like child loss, you feel like you’re out of control, and this gives control back to the family." - Crystal Hopkins
"Our staff cares deeply for these families and wants to be able to provide the most compassionate care that they can in every situation," Kirstin Maier, the Child Life Development Director at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, said. "And this gives us one more tool to meet the family’s needs and provide the family with what they need to help them to move through the grief process."
Everly’s Angels Foundation has plans to donate an additional two CuddleCots to area hospitals in the coming months.
The foundation also works to give bereavement tools such as hand and foot molds and decision-making books to grieving parents.