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Event remembers babies gone too soon

Friday, October 12, 2012

The parents of babies who were taken too soon from this earth will have a chance to gather in A Walk to Remember ceremony at Linton Humphreys Park Saturday, Oct. 20 at 5 p.m.

"We are going to have a short walk around the park to give time to remember our babies and talk to one another about our stories," organizer Ashley Stevenson explained.

The event is in recognition of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Week, which is Oct. 9 through 15.

The organization of the event holds a special meaning to Stevenson because she lost her 6-month-old daughter, Phoebe, a year ago Oct. 15.

"Once your baby dies there is not much else you can do for them, but as a mom you still want to continue to provide for them, and this is a way to at least remember them," Stevenson explained.

She said it is important to offer parents a moment to remember their loved who passed away and share their stories because there are few community forums to do so.

"In this community there isn't really a bereavement group, and I thought this would be a great way to build support for others who have gone through this," Stevenson explained.

Following the walk around the park and time to tell each other's stories, participants will meet back at the stage in the park.

Cliff Gano, preacher at the Lincoln Christian Church, will serve as the guest speaker and provide the prayer for those lost children.

Stevenson said then parents will have an opportunity to get on stage to share the story about the loss of their child or say a poem in remembrance of the loved one.

Participants are encouraged to bring a candle to light at the end of the ceremony in memory of their baby, and a song will be played.

Parents can send in photos and stories about their angels to Stevenson to be included in a brochure which will be available at the event.

Photos and stories can be sent to shley_p20@hotmail.com.

There will be awareness pins and ribbons available at the event, and car magnets will also be on sale. Stevenson said they will cost approximately $2 each.

Stevenson noted she hopes to host the Walk to Remember annually to provide a forum for parents who suffered loss in the past years as well as parents who have recently suffered a loss of their children.

For more information about the event visit the A Walk to Remember Facebook page.

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