Yesterday the family participated in a lovely walk of remembrance and ceremony for all babies gone too soon. I had been looking forward to this event for months. The children were excited about going to the park, and really got excited when they found out they were going to get to send some balloons to Kathryn in heaven!
It was a gorgeous day for a walk in the park, and the ceremony was so beautiful. Here is Jelly Bean waiting patiently for the walk to begin.
The event began with a prayer, a poem written by a mother who lost her son, and the “tree nurturing” during which everyone watered a special tree. And then we walked down by the river for the rest of the ceremony.
After some special music and a message from another mother, they read the name of each baby. As the name was read, you could release your balloons. Nayner Bug and Jelly Bean let go of their balloons as they heard Kathryn’s name called, and we watched, with sadness and happiness as our balloons floated off to heaven.
It was a touching moment, and I shed a few tears, but I felt close to my daughter. I felt happy thinking of her grabbing the balloons and playing, with all the other baby friends, smiling down at us. It doesn’t make the loss of our baby easier, but at least we had some dedicated time to remember her, with everyone else feeling the same grief.
And today, Jelly Bean is still talking about sending balloons to Kathryn in Heaven!
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