THE GIFT OF BEN is a raw and authentic account about what happens when one family is faced with the impossible. In this moving and unforgettable memoir, Lindsey brings to life the painful realities of grief and loss but also brings us along on her journey out of the darkness and into the light of radical forgiveness.
Kids and Car Safety has worked with hundreds of courageous families that have lost a child in a hot car tragedy. The devastation these families experience is beyond measure. The organization helps families to channel their grief into positive change and to provide connection and support through other families who have lived through a similar loss.
When a family loses a child, the ripple effect of devastation is exponential. Parents lose careers, are prosecuted by public opinion, face criminal and child protective service investigations that dive into the depths of their personal, private lives and much more. Criminalizing accidents or unintentional acts further traumatizes already devastated families.
“Kids and Car Safety is proud to have the opportunity to work side-by-side with the Seitz family. Their courage and strength to be able to speak about their incredibly painful loss for the sake of others is phenomenal. Lindsey continues to amaze us in her journey with the many ways in which she has honored Ben. THE GIFT OF BEN, with raw emotion, tells the story of a woman who has survived the worst thing imaginable – losing a child - and yet despite her eternal pain, stands stronger today than ever.” said Janette Fennell, president and founder of Kids and Car Safety.
“I have been lucky enough to find support with Kids and Car Safety since the hours after our hot car tragedy. We have worked collaboratively with members of Congress for legislation to require car manufacturers to include technology that can detect the presence of a child unattended inside a vehicle. These tragedies will keep occurring until we equip cars with such devices and enhance community awareness of hot car risks. I am only one of many parents who have suffered through the trauma and grief of a hot car death,” said Lindsey Rogers-Seitz. She continued, “I hope this memoir can bring awareness to this public concern and shed light on the path beyond tragedy towards love, forgiveness and hope.”
Hot Car PSA Videos:
Child gets into hot car, becomes trapped
Child Unknowingly Left in a Hot Car
What To Do if You See a Child Alone in a Vehicle
Hot Car Resources:
Hot car dangers fact sheet
Differences between rear seat reminder alert only & occupant detection
Occupant detection technology demonstration video
Memes charts, graphics, child stories, and other hot car resources can be found at https://www.kidsandcars.org/how-kids-get-hurt/heat-stroke/
Kids and Car Safety is a national nonprofit dedicated to saving the lives of young children and pets in and around vehicles.