Issue 16-103 — June 25, 2016
Starshine Galaxy Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to sustain the memories of children who have died. To this end, we support the Tributes to Lost Children Community Page on Facebook as a place to post, share, and comment on activities to honor our departed children and to celebrate their lives. The biweekly Tributes Digest presents highlights from this community page along with other items of interest. Please feel free to forward this on to others you know who might be interested, and direct any comments, questions, or concerns to

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Elena’s Life Is a Story of Resilience, Hope, and Most of All, Love (June 16) – After 6-year-old Elena Desserich died of brain cancer, her parents wrote a book about their daughter’s life and courageous battle. The book, called Notes Left Behind, is made up of journal entries written by Elena’s parents as well as many of the notes and drawings Elena made at the end of her life, most of which she had hidden around the house to be discovered after her death.

Signs, Signs, Everywhere Signs (June 23) – Whether it’s in the form of a cardinal, shooting star, dragonfly, butterfly, rainbow or something else, signs – taken as a visit from the spirit of a lost loved one – are often among the brightest, most beautiful, or rarest that nature has to offer.
Live Loud, Live Wild (June 21) – Jacqui Saldana has kept a blog – Baby Boy Bakery – since her son Ryan was just a few months old. When Ryan died suddenly at the age of 3, Jacqui expanded her work. Now, her blog is where she shares her journey of healing and hope, and teaches others how to make memories with their kids in the kitchen. Jacqui says that everything she does is dedicated to her son and his zest for life.

Purple Butterflies For Skye (June 20) – Soon after Millie gave birth to twin girls Skye and Callie, Skye died of anencephaly, a condition where the skull doesn’t form properly. Millie wanted to design a symbol that could be placed in a baby’s cradle or incubator – something simple that would represent the life of a lost baby, while gently letting others know a family’s situation. She chose a purple butterfly, in honor of Skye.
Tributes Are an Act of Love (June 23) – Lindsey Henke lost her firstborn child, Nora, at birth. Lindsey and her family have honored Nora’s life in so many lovely ways – if you’re missing someone, you may find a tribute that speaks to your heart among them.

We Know That Mack Will Be Remembered (June 24) – Mack’s parents created the Mack Brady Memorial Men’s Soccer Fund at Penn State in honor of their son, who loved the sport and wanted to be a professional goalkeeper one day. In addition to benefiting the men’s soccer program, the fund’s main purpose is to make Penn State a destination for aspiring goalkeepers.
Raising Money and Awareness for Jemma (June 22) – Diane Roberts wants to raise awareness about Toxic Shock Syndrome, or TSS, after it claimed the life of her 13-year-old daughter, Jemma. Jemma was a competitive swimmer, and her sudden illness and death was caused by using tampons.
Bobby Was a Dream Child (June 17) – Bobby’s parents, Bob and Diane Resciniti, started the Bobby Resciniti Healing Hearts Foundation after losing their 21-year-old son, Bobby, in a car accident. To assist them in their mission, the Resciniti’s created Bobby’s Place, a safe haven where families can go to share their stories and their grief with others who are on the same kind of journey.

Alyssa’s Story Is a Story of Hope (June 13) – In honor of Alyssa’s zest for life – and her grace while facing death – her parents, George and Yoli Alvin, started the Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope. The work of this non-profit organization was inspired by Alyssa’s love for music and art, and the tranquility they brought her while undergoing cancer treatment.

Austin Will Always Be Known for His Giving Spirit and Helping Hands (June 14) – After Austin’s unexpected death at the age of 14, his family established Austin’s Legacy Scholarship. The scholarship – which is often given to multiple recipients – keeps their son’s memory alive by helping other active youth volunteers reach their educational goals. Austin’s parents spend time honoring their son through their own volunteer work, too.
When the Bereaved Come Together to Light Up the Dark (June 15) – Candles are often lit in the wake of profound tragedies; candlelight vigils have already been held, all around the world, to pay tribute to the victims of the massacre that took place in Orlando this past weekend. No doubt that some of those paying tribute right now will continue to light candles for their loved ones for the rest of their lives.
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The complete netbook version of Tributes to Lost Children – a snapshot of how 147 families have honored their children who have passed away – is publicly available for FREE. Click on the cover image above to navigate to this powerful, heart-warming compilation of tribute stories.
Based on results of the Tributes Survey, three general motivations anchor bereaved families in their tribute activities. See the organizing Tributes Framework that serves as the backbone of the new book Tributes to Lost Children.
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