Ashlee Hammac’s photo of the grave on Facebook went viral, receiving more than 50,000 shares. Hammac was looking for a way to turn the heart-wrenching area into a place of happy memories for her other son, Tucker.
A grieving Florida mom has added a sand box to her newborn baby’s grave so his older brother can spend time with him.
Ashlee Hammac, 24, from Lake City, was left devastated when tiny Ryan Michael Jolley died just five days after being welcomed into the world.
The infant passed away on Oct. 16 from hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy — after complications during his birth led to a lack of oxygen to his brain.
Pondering how best to remember her tragic tot’s death and help his 3-year-old brother Tucker grieve, she decided to turn his black-granite memorial slab into a play area.
“He always wanted to play in that dirt around the grave,” Hammac told the Daily News on Friday. “I want to have a happy memory of it — not just memories of crying. I wanted him to have a happy memory of it, too, not just of me crying.”
Hammac, who founded the non-profit “Pages to Memories” organization to help raise awareness of her son’s condition, posted a snap of the grave to Facebook last week.