Parents share how they cope at Christmas after the loss of a child.

Earlier this week we shared a touching story of a mum who took a teddy to have a special photo with Santa to honour her “heavenly child” at Christmas.

Today we share the news of another grieving parent who took a picture of her baby to sit on Santa’s knee and have a photo taken. Read her story below.

THIS!  This is what Christmas is all about.  Thank you to this beautiful man for his wonderful kindness.

Debbie Lee from New South Wales, posted a thank you on Facebook to the Santa who didn’t judge her and took the time to understand her need for a special photo to honour her heavenly child at Christmas.

Debbie lost her “Jellybean” in July 2013.

She wrote in her public post,

To the santa at charlestown square.
Thank you for taking time with smiles
Thank you for not judging me when I  broke down and cried cause I miss my heavenly child.
Thank you for stopping everyone as they watched you get up from your seat and give a massive hug. I could hear snickers from parents and children from behind me, but soon as you stood up everyone was shocked and for a second it felt like it was ok.. some of the poses you did with smiles was amazing.

Thank you for understanding.

Her post has received nearly 2000 reactions and over 400 shares on Facebook.

Earlier this week we shared the heartbreaking story of the little boy who died on Santa’s knee, that story broke our hearts and rocked the world.

Grieving mum takes photo of her baby boy to meet Father Christmas

A grieving mum who lost her three-month-old baby earlier this year marked what would have been her son’s first Christmas by taking his picture to see Santa, reports Daily Mail.

Erin Morrison, 26, from Melton West, Victoria, and her partner, Kaine Morrison, lost their baby boy Caesar in March after he tragically died from heart complications.

Caesar, who was born with half a heart and was Erin and Kaine’s first child, was doted on by his parents and both have struggled to cope with their loss.

As the festive season approached, Erin couldn’t bear the idea that Caesar would never get to meet Santa, so she decided to mark his first Christmas in a unique way.

‘We miss Caesar endlessly and wanted to do something special for him as it’s his first Christmas,’ Erin said.

‘All the other parents get their child’s photo done with Santa and we though it would be great to do.

‘Everyone cried, including Santa and parents came up to us to say thank you for doing that for him.

‘Nothing will bring back our baby boy, but at least we could give him his first Christmas and have a memory we can treasure forever.’


It really does make you realise what truly matters.

Christmas is hard for many reasons, and it is so important that their are understanding people around to help in time of need.

If you find Christmas a struggle please don’t feel alone – lifeline 13 11 14

Share your comments below.

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  • How very sad and yet how lovely of Santa.


  • This is a beautiful sensitively written article at the same time being so sad. A very gracious compassionate Santa who helped the Mum through the grieving process and no doubt will continue to do so if approached.


  • Whatever people need to do to get them through the grieving process, we should keg them do it. As long as they aren’t hurting anyone. Why do people have to be so judgemental!


  • So sorry for your loss. I miscarried my child before I got to find out the sex and I grieved so bad that it felt like my world was ripped apart. I never met my child, him/her is waiting for me in the afterlife as I’d your heaven angel. What an awesome Santa and shame on those who chose to mock such a horrible yet precious memory for you.


  • I’m so sorry for your loss but, at the same time, I’m glad that you found a Santa who really cared and did this special thing for you. Hopefully this will give you even more precious memories. Hugs to you both.


  • What lovely Santas all these people are – do hope it will help to ease the hurt.


  • It’s always good to reach out, watch and listen to others without judging. Something we all should try to practice daily.


  • This was such a beautiful gesture. I’m so glad Debbie was comforted by this. And to anyone who snickered, shame on you. Christmas is not a fun or joyous time for everyone. It’s also a time that reminds us so acutely of loved ones we have lost. All the best to Debbie.


  • As I live local to where this beautiful mum lives and the Santa that gave her the opportunity to have a little bit of Xmas love, it is nice to know that there are people out there who do not judge. Each day you will have in some way come in contact with people. You will not know their story and should not judge them without this knowledge. Always be prepared to listen or offer a helping hand. It is amazing just how that person will feel by your kindness no matter how big or small the gesture is.


  • Debbie, I’m glad Santa showed compassion and allowed you the time to tell him how you feel.


  • Poor woman! That Santa did something incredibly good. :-)


  • It’s good to know people can be kind.


  • A very touching story,my heart goes out to the woman.


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