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A Young Mom Had A Sandbox Built Over Her Son's Grave So His Brother Could Play There

"He always goes out there with me, and sits out there, and sings lullabies, and talks to him just like he was there," she told People.

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Ashlee decided to build a sandbox above the Lake City, Fla. grave, where her 3-year-old son could still play with his brother.

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The 24-year-old mom told People she originally conceived a gravesite with glass pebbles, but then wanted to give her older son, Tucker, his own place to mourn.

Ryan Jolley lived just five days, dying from Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephlepathy, which occurs from a lack of blood flow to the brain.

The words on his headstone are from a book she said she would read to Ryan in the NICU: "You are my angel, my darling, my star and my love will find you, wherever you are."


Ashlee is now trying to use the attention to raise money for her charity, Pages to Memories, which aims to raise money for HIE research.

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"I wanted to help. I wanted other people, because I know it wasn't just me, to have someone to talk to…to have a place they could depend on," Hammac explained. "And I wanted to feel like Ryan was helping still, because in those five days he changed our family so much."