A mom added a sandbox to her son's grave so that her other son could "play" with his deceased brother. On March 13, People Magazine reported that Ashlee Hammac, 24, decided to give her son Tucker a "place to mourn" in one of the most amazing ways. Hammac's son, Ryan, died of Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephlopathy when he was just five days old. While Hammac's older son, Tucker, 3, might be too young to understand the magnitude of what's going on, Hammac wanted to create a space where her two boys could just be together.
"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," Hammac told People.
The mom's sandbox on her son's grave story has gone viral on Facebook. Her story -- and the one of her deceased son -- is pretty incredible and worth the read. After Ryan's passing, Ashlee Hammac and her husband began a non-profit organization called "Pages to Memories" which donates books to NICUs for parents to read to their children. It also provides a place for parents to connect and to share their experiences with one another -- something that Hammac feels is very important.
"I wanted to help. I wanted other people, because I know it wasn't just me, to have someone to talk to…to have a place they could depend on and I wanted to feel like Ryan was helping still, because in those five days he changed our family so much," Hammac said (via People Magazine).
More on the mom who put a sandbox at her son's grave can be seen in the video above.
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