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Baby Quinn was born in August of 2014 – a perfectly happy and healthy baby. Her parents could not have been happier with their new little bundle. Just after Christmas of that year, the Cormiers were enjoying some family time with the girls’ grandparents. Bedtime came and both girls were put to bed. A short while later, Sarah went upstairs to look in on her sleeping children. Her husband Lee and her parents were startled when Sarah came back downstairs in shock. She didn’t think Quinn was breathing! They raced upstairs and watch helplessly as Lee performed CPR, frantically trying to revive his daughter. The ambulance was on its way. EMS further attempted everything they could do to bring Quinn back, but it was just too late. The family was given a room at the hospital where they could hold Quinn for hours and say their goodbyes. It was almost impossible to walk out of the hospital without their little baby that night.
The next day, Sarah took a phone call from someone at the Rotary Flames House offering the support of the Grief Support Program there. Knowing that they would need strategies to help them with their 3-year-old daughter Layla, they accepted this help. It was important to them that they also meet another family who had been through this. Sarah and Lee have been going to Grief Counseling with Megan Miller at Rotary Flames House for over a year now. And while you never stop grieving your child, they’ve learned ways to cope. They’ve learned that they can still parent Quinn, by talking about her, honouring her. They’ve learned that grief knows no timeline and that it’s important to teach people about grief. They’ve also learned to live with purpose. Sarah says that Megan has truly been a lifeline for them and they feel proud that they’ve survived this difficult year since that terrible night. They feel hopeful for their future and no longer feel alone.