By Mary I. Farr
Retired hospital chaplain and minister Mary Farr’s book, “If I Could Mend Your Heart,” has a direct connection to the very start of CaringBridge.
When Mary was a chaplain at Children’s Hospital in St. Paul, MN, back in June 1997, she provided emotional and support to JoAnn Hardegger and Darrin Swanson, a young couple from Wisconsin, as they awaited the birth of their baby.
Brighid was born at 24 weeks, on June 7, 1997. Her health was so fragile, she lived just 9 days. But CaringBridge, named after Brighid, is her legacy.
And this gentle, sweet, beautifully illustrated book honors the experience of JoAnn and Darrin, and families everywhere who need healing after a health journey.