Fairy Godmother Helps Grieving Mother Cope With the Loss of Her Baby

Grieving mom's 'fairy godmother' photo goes viral

Walt Disney World might be the "Happiest Place on Earth," but it also happens to be a destination full of wonder and amazing people. Losing her precious daughter shortly after birth just a month ago, Janice Murphy is still grieving and finding ways to remember her baby girl. The Florida mom's photo of a Disney Fairy Godmother embracing her teddy bear has gone viral, and it will tug at your heartstrings.

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You see, that's not an ordinary teddy bear. The ashes of Janice's daughter Analiese are inside.

(Grab your tissues now. You're gonna need them.)

Sharing the emotional encounter on her Facebook page, Janice reveals how she recently took a trip to Walt Disney World in Florida and met a real-life Fairy Godmother, who made her feel the presence of her late infant daughter.

To the Fairy Godmother I didn't know I needed, You had no idea the young woman that was holding a purple teddy bear...

Posted by Janice Maureen Murphy on Monday, March 21, 2016

"I was just another stranger, waiting in line to meet a character at the most magical place on Earth. I was smiling but you didn't know I spent 10 minutes in tears over the things my daughter will never experience," Janice wrote.

What's incredibly heartwarming about Janice's story is how the Fairy Godmother had no clue about the significance of the purple bear, and yet had no problem embracing it -- as if it were a child. (Janice eventually told the woman about her story that made the experience even more touching.)

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I cannot even begin to imagine what Janice was feeling in this moment. The embrace of a kind stranger. The presence of her daughter. There had to be so many emotions ...

Janice's words still resonate with me. They speak to our individual journeys, the struggles we battle with -- often in silence -- behind closed doors, and the power of random acts of kindness.

As Mom says:

Despite your utter lack of knowledge, you included the bear in our interaction. And when you found out that my daughter died, and that her ashes are within the bear, you treated her the same way you treat every child that comes to see you every single day: with love, compassion and kindness. When you hugged her, and kissed her cheek, you made me feel like Analiese mattered to you.

You may not ever see this, and even if you do, you may not remember us. But I will always remember you, and how you hugged and loved on my daughter as if she was like any other child. You helped me feel her spirit in a place she was never able to visit while alive.

I truly hope the actress playing the Fairy Godmother was able to see this Facebook post. You, ma'am, were just what this grieving mother needed -- and you were at the right place, at the right time.

 

 

 

Image via Janice Maureen Murphy/Facebook

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