I came across this wonderful organization that people need to know about.
Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep (NILMDTS) is a national (and international) non-profit foundation that sends photographers to maternity wards, for free, to photograph babies who have died, or are not expected to survive longer than a few days.
It was co-founded by Cheryl Haggard whose son, Maddux Achilles, was born with a debilitating condition. After 6 days, the family finally chose to end his suffering and take Maddux off life support. But before the tubes and wires were removed, they decided to have local photographer, Sandy Puc', take photos of Maddux before he was removed from life support, and then with Cheryl cradling him after he had passed. This experience inspired Cheryl and Sandy to create Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep.
They have more than 5,000 volunteer photographers worldwide, but are always looking for professional photographers to add to their network.
They believe that capturing these moments can lead to healing,
And what a wonderful way for photographers to give back.
If I ever start working on portrait photography, I will definitely sign up.