By Zach Osowski
The Herald Bulletin
---- — ANDERSON — For all parents, the loss of a child is not something they ever want to think about and pray it is something they never have to deal with. Unfortunately, it is something many couples everywhere have to deal with.
Kyle Noone and his wife, Danielle Dunnichay-Noone, turned the loss of their son into something that can help parents in Madison County through the grieving process. They officially launched the Frederick’s Friends foundation Tuesday at Community Hospital Anderson.
In October 2012, the Noones were informed their son Frederick’s heart had stopped beating while Danielle was 35 weeks pregnant. Noone said his wife gave birth to their stillborn son and they were able to hold the baby and take pictures. But Noone said they were left wishing something else could be done to memorialize their “angel.”
Noone said they had heard of parents in larger communities getting kits where they can make plastic casts of their baby’s hands and feet for a special memorial. A dentist in Elwood gave them the kit they needed to make a cast of Frederick’s hands and feet.
Noone said they thought a way to honor Frederick’s spirit was to start a foundation, named Frederick’s Friends, which gives couples who have lost children kits so they too can have something very tangible to remember their lost angel.
“We were thinking of ways we could honor Frederick’s being,” Noone said. “And we thought it was important to try and help other families going through the same thing.”
When going through the grieving process, Noone said that anything, including a small cast of a baby’s hands and feet, can be extremely helpful.
“It seems like such a small thing to some people,” Noone said. “But it is a good way to memorialize a lost angel.”
The kits will be available at both Community Hospital Anderson and St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital. The Noones and staff from both hospitals were on hand Tuesday to officially announce that the kits were now available free of charge for families.
“We are pleased to be able to offer them as part of our healing ministry,” Ruthie Smith, maternal child support services coordinator at Community Hospital Anderson, said. “I see what families who suffer a loss experience and I know they will forever value a keepsake like this.”
The Noones also had another special visitor with them at the meeting. Their 6-month-old daughter, Krosley, was watching as her parents showed off the new kits. Noone said despite losing Frederick they decided to go ahead and try to have another child.
After having their world ripped apart in 2012, the Noones now have a healthy baby and a foundation honoring their lost son and helping countless others through the painful process.
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