Our initiative for star children
Our story is much more than producing high-quality posters
We are Lille Søn, a very special online shop from Hamburg. We have made it our mission to develop products that enable you to capture your most impressive and beautiful moments in life forever. The birth of your own child or the first spoken word from your loved ones can be such a life moment.
Over the last 4 years, in which we have continued to expand our online shop, we have also spoken to countless parents whose moment in life is completely different: the loss of their own child.
Through the many conversations, research and experience reports, the topic of “star children” became increasingly important to us.
For us as parents, the pain that star parents feel at this moment is simply unimaginable. We have repeatedly thought about how we can provide support during this difficult time. Knowing that we can never take away this terrible pain, we still wanted to help and try to provide some comfort during this difficult time.
Countless messages from star parents showed us every day how much a poster of their own star child means to parents. So much that it cannot be expressed in words.
“I can't put it into words. So much attention to detail. You poured your heart into memories that mean so much to us parents. You don't leave us alone and give us the opportunity to have a nice memory of our little star. Thank you 1000 for that.”
If the birth is the only moment that parents can share with their child, the memory of it is the only thing they have left.
At the beginning of this year we consciously decided to sell our Sternenkind posters within the “Star Sea Initiative” exclusively for a good cause.
Together with the Sternenzauber & Frühchenwunder eV association, we are now committed to helping premature babies and star children.
Our goal is to draw attention to a very sensitive topic that is so deeply touched and yet so kept secret. We want to do our part to remove taboos, understand and create community. For you, for us and for our society.
Our values. Who we are and how we work.
We are honest with ourselves and those around us. We are passionate and creative. We love our work and act responsibly and attentively towards ourselves and our environment.
Everything starts with us and our team. The desire for further development and change is omnipresent. We respect each other and are 100% loyal to ourselves and our products, which affects every design and every development of a new product. Lovingly, meaningfully and with a great eye for aesthetics, we design many beautiful things that preserve life's most impressive memories forever.
The collaboration with Sternenzauber & Frühchenwunder eV
We have been campaigning for star parents and their little stars for several years now. Some of you are probably familiar with our “Star Child Campaign,” in which we gave away 100 Star Child posters. Within a few minutes, all the star child posters were given away and we realized once again how many parents are affected.
In the last few weeks, we have spoken to many star parents and organizations who care about the issue as much as we do. This is how we got to know the wonderful association Sternenzauber & Frühchenwunder eV. We were immediately impressed by the incredible energy and commitment that has been on display there for so many years. It was immediately clear to us: This is what we want to support.
The first big donation
We are very happy and grateful that our initiative allowed us to hand over the first large donation to the Sternenzauber & Frühchenwunder eV association.
If you want to see the whole conversation go to our blog.
What is important to us. Our “Sea of Stars” initiative
All star child posters are available in our shop for a small amount so that all parents can remember their star child, regardless of their financial possibilities. In addition, 100% of all income generated from the sale of Sternenkind posters is donated to the Sternenzauber & Frühchenwunder eV association. In addition, due to popular demand, there is now the option to donate a small amount every time you purchase a poster. This means that all parents have the opportunity to take part in our wonderful Star Sea initiative.
Facts about star children: When a child goes to the stars way too early
The birth of a child is the first memory of their child that parents will never forget. But for some parents, the birth is at the same time the most beautiful but also the most painful memory of their sweetheart. Because it is, if at all, the only moment you are allowed to share with your child.
About star children
We speak of a star child when a child says goodbye to us before, during or after birth and goes to the stars.
Estimates say that 30,000 children in Germany say goodbye to the stars far too early. About 80% of miscarriages occur in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. This also means that 20% happen after the 12th week of pregnancy. After the 12th week of pregnancy, a mother has to give birth to her little darling naturally.
Thanks to the commitment of two star parents and a petition, a law that was long overdue was finally introduced on May 15, 2013. Since then, star parents have been allowed to have their little ones entered in the family register. This allows you to enter an official first name, which is recorded on a certificate together with the family name, gender, birthday and place of birth.
Dealing with star parents
It is sometimes very difficult for outsiders to deal with the loss and pain that their loved ones have to go through. The fear of saying something wrong weighs too heavily. That's not surprising either. Although it is not uncommon for parents to have to let their young child go to the stars, it is little talked about.
That's exactly what helps at this moment: talking about it! Only the star parents themselves can decide what they want from those around them at that moment and how they deal with this painful loss. That's why it's important to ask how you can be there for them during this difficult time.
A star mom tells
We were able to talk to Vanessa about her story as a star mom. She fascinated and inspired us with her openness and strength. In our conversation, she told us about her story with incredible strength and shared with us what helped her process it.
You can read the conversation with Vanessa on our blog.