Another year, another pregnancy and infant loss awareness day is upon us. Many people are reflecting on babies they've lost, or babies lost by their friends or family members. This year I feel like there's so many more people I know or have heard of that are remembering tiny little beings gone to soon.
The effect of losing someone so small is dramatic for those touched by the loss. The hopes and dreams these parents had for this baby - this person - are suddenly extinguished. The hopes and dreams these parents had for their lives and families are squashed by the hand of death, so easily smothered and many times as quick as a blink of an eye.
Tonight, we have been joined by some of our family members for the Remember our Babies walk in a nearby town. Many families gathered to remember their babies during the candle lighting ceremony, it makes your heart ache to think of all these people with such hurt and pain in their lives.
The spent some time reading the names of the babies each family is missing today. Many heartbreaking stories were shared. I of course shared Gabriel's story.
The walk itself was beautiful. Short, bordered by luminaries, with a stunning view of the town and river.
The whole event was emotional, it was hard to listen to all the broken hearts telling stories of their little ones they can never hold in their arms.
Gabriel is thought of by many friends and family members. He is never ever forgotten and always remains a part of our lives. It's hard to believe that in a few short months we'll "celebrate" his 2nd birthday... 2 years already.
*note* I will be adding more to this tomorrow when I get everything loaded from my memory card, but I wanted this post out today.