Annual Forever in Our Hearts Remembrance Day

 
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For Parents who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, and early infant loss

Each year in October (National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month), local charity, Mikayla's Grace, hosts the Forever in Our Hearts Remembrance Day event. This event is a time for bereaved parents and families to come together and honor their babies, while supporting one another, and the community. The event includes a guest speaker and dove release, as well as a remembrance walk. 

Rob and I first began photographing this event in 2013, as a way to help support other parents who had experienced loss. During the time we were married, we lost 3 babies prior to having our son, Ben. These were devastating losses, and the loneliness I remember experiencing at the time was palpable. I remember feeling so isolated, and as though I have no one to talk to about my grief, and it wasn't until I was referred to a support group for parents who had lost babies to miscarriage, stillbirth, and early infant loss that I started to be able to put my life back together, and hope for the future. 

Mikayla's Grace is a charitable organization that strives to provide comfort and support to parents during one of the hardest things a parent can go through; the loss of a child. They have donated 525 Angel memory boxes, 575 NICU care packages, 130 Christmas NICU care packages, 500 Baby Loss Comfort Packages (for early pregnancy loss less than 16 weeks), 550 baby blankets, and 500 gowns with matching booties and hats to hospitals in Wisconsin.

The Annual Forever in Our Hearts Remembrance Day event in 2017 will be held this Saturday! 

Date: Saturday, October 7th, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM - 12: 00 PM
Location: BTC Events/BioPharmaceutical Technology Center
               5445 East Cheryl Parkway
               Madison, WI 53711

Itinerary:

9:00 Check-in registration begins
9:00 – 9:45 Pre-ceremony activities (Memorial areas, Food, Children’s face painting and crafts)
10:00 Remembrance Ceremony begins
Inspirational speaker  
Reading of babies names
11:00 Dove Release followed by Remembrance Walk

This event is so close to my heart, and if you or someone you love has experienced the loss of a baby due to miscarriage, stillbirth, or early infant loss, I would encourage you to attend the event this year. We'll be walking around taking photos, and also available for family portraits in front of the memorial wall. Please stop by and say hi. 

--Sam