REGINA – Over 150 parents, families and friends gathered at the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre to attend the annual Perinatal Loss Memorial Gathering.
It was a packed auditorium with a program filled with poems, songs and letters of remembrance.
At the front of the room, a projector displayed the names of all the babies who’ve died from pregnancy loss or infant death.
Organizers and parents say the ceremony was healing.
“It’s a great way of giving those parents some comfort in their time and recognize their child was important in this world,” said Patti LeBlanc, a member of the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region Perinatal Loss Committee.
“We lost our first child Benjamin George Mack when we were 36 and a half weeks pregnant,” explained Amanda Leonard-Mack. “It’s such a blessing to see other people that are going through the same thing as us who have been on this path for the last 20 years and some that are just starting.”
Once outside, families stood side by side and released balloons into the air as a sign of remembrance of their young ones.
And while the balloons floated away, a poem was ready which said: “To our beloved children we remember you, we miss you and most of all we love you.”