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Pregnancy and Infant Loss remembrance set for Monday

Oct. 14, 2012 @ 03:09 PM

HUNTINGTON — October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, and Monday, Oct. 15, has been designated as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.

At 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, there will be a memorial ceremony at the Ritter Park Fountain. At 6 p.m. there will be a pink, blue and yellow (for those who did not know the gender of their child) balloon release. There will also be a few mothers sharing their stories. At 7 p.m., there will be a candlelight prayer for babies who have died.

The event is organized by Denise Jackson, an RN and staff development nurse educator at Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital.

“As a registered nurse, I’ve known many, many women who have experienced this loss, and I am also aware of many women in my community,” Jackson said. “Often these women (families) grieve silently, especially if the child was lost due to miscarriage and there was never a baby for others to see. And, often even if the infant was lost to SIDS or some other disease, the life was so brief that others may not realize the deep wound this can leave on a mother’s heart. For this reason, I am planning an annual activity for our community to set aside time to honor these brief but precious lives that were too beautiful for Earth. “

Jackson has ordered some remembrance items, including T-shirts, infant/pregnancy loss bracelets, candles and infant/pregnancy loss pins.

For more info, contact Nicole Jackson by e-mail at nycki.jackson@yahoo.com.