This ceremony honors of all those babies who died too soon. The event is more than a sad evening. Nationally the grieving parents who put together this night hope to educate and inform those who have lost a baby and their families about loss, to show them they are not alone.
For many years a miscarriage was not spoken of but today you will find it is so common and mothers need to talk about the life and dreams that they lost. A pregnancy or newborn loss is different then other types in that it is not the years of memories we look back to but the years of memories we will never be able to create.
Every year, the size of the gathering fluctuates. Some have come every year for 11 years. It’s been held at the gazebo on freezing cold nights with strong winds that blew the candles out, heavy rains and even balmy nights with gentle breezes.
This year’s ceremony took place in the senior cafeteria. The rain outside was steady, but not so heavy that the memorial balloons couldn’t soar up into the sky as they were released.