Mother turns son’s grave into a sandbox so older brother can mourn

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A mother lost her son named Ryan just days after giving birth. Ashlee Hammac’s tribute to her loss has touched a nation. She knew that his brother needed a way to mourn. So, she added a sandbox to little Ryan’s grave. That way 3-year-old Tucker could share his trucks with his little brother.

Ashlee Hammac started to lose her vision while out shopping last September. The concerned mother went to the hospital and discovered she was suffering from an extreme migraine. That migraine send her into premature labor. Ryan died five days after birth in October 2013. According to People Magazine he died of Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephlopathy, or HIE. It is a brain dysfunction that occurs when there is a lack of blood flow to the brain.

After first posting a photo of Tucker playing in Ryan’s sandbox on March 2, Hammac said she has experienced an overwhelming outpouring of support from other mothers who have lost children. She says the virtual response has been particularly moving given her own difficulty in finding an outlet for her grief when Ryan passed away.

Hammac shared a photo of the grave site on a Facebook page dedicated to bereaved parents. Ryan passed away from a condition that prevented blood flow to his brain. His heart was donated to save the life of another baby.

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