Each child a mother has holds a huge place in that mother’s heart and impacts them in a profound and special way. This is true no matter how long or short that child’s life is. We were so excited to be able to celebrate that fact with more than a dozen moms and their families at our first annual Bereaved Mother’s Day remembrance celebration. There is something memorable about being near the hearts of other moms as we all miss our little ones.
During the event, there was a time of fellowship where each family had the chance to get to know one another. Finding out that there are others in this journey can provide healing in a unique way. Families were also invited to paint little rocks in memory of their babies.
We also read poems and were able to have each mom stand and be recognized, while saying the name of their baby and a sentence about the one who made them the mom they will always be.
Then as a community, we walked to the pond and placed flowers into the water. These flowers symbolized the life of our babies that are always floating on the surface of our hearts. It was a silent time, remembering these special little lives that have so much impact on the people we are today.
The entire event was a safe place to share, cry, and feel love and understanding. Love from our babies as we felt them near. Understanding from each other because as loss parents, we are forever moms and are walking a walk that no one else can imagine. Sharing words of encouragement or things that have helped one person in their journey can uplift someone in a different stage of grief.
We, at Alive in My Heart, are so very grateful for the chance to talk and get to know each and every person at the Mother’s Day event. We had a vision over a year ago that no one should walk through pregnancy or infant loss alone. This event made us feel that this vision is succeeding. Thank you so much to all the beautiful mothers, friends and family members who attended the event. Thank you for giving us the privilege and the opportunity to honor you and your little one(s).
We look forward to seeing everyone at the Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Walk on June 23rd. It will be another special time to remember our babies and celebrate their lives.
*Written by Kerry Janidlo, AIMH Co-Founder