My friend Priscilla leads the Face2Face group of Columbus/Fort Benning, GA which originated through Faces of Loss, Faces of Hope. The idea is that those of us who have experienced a loss and have that unfortunate bond can informally gather to connect and support one another. Priscilla organized a balloon release today for all of us to honor our babies and remember them together.There were about a dozen families present. Some who had lost a baby within the last few months, some who had lost more than one baby. Some, like us, who have since had another child, and some who still desperately cling to the hope that they one day will. Our stories and our losses are different, but our love for our children is the same, unending and pure.
This evening Miles and I lit several candles. We have one lit next to Cale's sketch on our mantle:
And lastly, one in our bedroom next to Cale's urn and ultrasound pictures:
"Those we love don't go away,
they walk beside us everyday.
Unseen, unheard, but always near.
Loved and missed and very dear."
I appreciated all of you who remembered and celebrated Cale with us. Thank you for holding him in your hearts and for honoring all babies who left this world far too soon.