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Jacque Brown

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By Emily Miller

I have a Hometown Hero suggestion for you! My mother, Jacque (pronounced Jackie) Brown has started an organization called Daniel's Gift (affiliated with St. Luke's) to offer support to parents who have lost babies, or parents who have been given a lethal or life-limiting diagnosis for their baby while the mother is still pregnant. She offers in-home counseling in those situations, and she works with the hospital to help both sides (medical professionals and the couple) to be prepared for delivering these special babies.

She was inspired to do this because my husband and I lost our baby boy, Daniel, a couple years ago after receiving a lethal diagnosis mid-pregnancy. There is a group down here, called Angel Watch, that really helped us. My mom is a nurse and has worked in home health and hospice for many years, so she decided she needed to offer these services to southern Idaho. She and her collaborators have already helped some families through difficult pregnancies and deliveries, and she has also organized a support group for families who have been through it before-- some many years before.

We did a service project with Parke's Funeral Home last Saturday, where we placed grave markers for 77 babies whose graves had previously been unmarked (some since the 1930s). It felt good to honor those children, but another great thing about the project was that it got people together who will benefit from knowing each other. People who have grieved the loss of a child were able to be with others who have been through it, too, and some friendships were definitely started at that project.

I'm so grateful my mom has put in so much time and love to this project. It's something that I know the community will benefit from in a big way. I would love if you would consider her for your hometown hero. I have attached a photo.

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