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San Antonio florist finds healing through flowers after losing 5-month-old son

SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio mom whose 5-month-old little one handed away has discovered a strategy to heal and transfer ahead with the assistance of constructing of flower preparations for others.

“If you don’t have hope, you have no peace,” Jessica Craven mentioned about what it’s like when your little one dies. “You simply, you just die in your grief.”

It’s a darkish place that Jessica realized she didn’t wish to be in anymore after her son Benjamin died in 2015. His surprising demise left her hopeless, till she realized she wished to assist different households who had been additionally grieving the lack of their youngsters.

Jessica and her husband Jason Craven began a nonprofit, Benjamin’s Right Hand.

The pair would present as much as funerals to be there for households, maintain memorial providers and finally had been funded by the Kym Rapiers Foundation to donate burial plots for kids.

“I would show up to the funeral and hand pins, keepsake gifts, and I noticed that a lot of families that were in need didn’t have money for flowers,” Jessica mentioned.

She met a florist named Josie Soto, who helped their nonprofit with funeral floral preparations.

Josie then started educating Jessica throughout that point how one can make preparations.

“As she started teaching me, I wanted to know more,” Jessica mentioned. “And I found joy in it. I found peace. It was like meditation for me and just very peaceful.”

Jessica realized she had not solely discovered her ardour however healing as effectively, which led her to opening the flower and present store Craven’s Touch this year.

“Watching mothers bury their children over and over and over again, I’ve helped over 500 children, so I needed it, it was time for me to find something that, you know, brought me joy, peace, love, and hope,” Jessica mentioned.

Taking her expertise from Craven’s Touch, she has made and donated 21 angel wings to the Uvalde sufferer households, through Benjamin’s Right Hand. She desires different grieving households to know not to surrender, and that it’s attainable to discover a strategy to heal, like she did through flowers.

“The pain never goes away,” Jessica mentioned. “But you learn to smile again. You learn to laugh again. You learn to move forward for the people that you love here. You also learn to have hope.”

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