POINT PLEASANT — The seventh annual Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day has been set for Oct. 15 at the Point Pleasant Riverfront Park.
Registration will begin at 6 p.m., with the ceremony starting at 6:30 p.m.
The candlelight ceremony will include the reading of names of infants lost, poem readings, a balloon release, and prayer. It is organized by Hannah Parsons, Missy Thomas, Heather Spencer, Paula Blazer, and Brandi Varian. The women also work closely with Mason County Right to Life.
Parsons said the purpose of the event is to recognize the subject of pregnancy and infant loss, something that has formerly been suppressed.
“In the past, these tragic events have been hushed and suppressed,” she said. “Women and men alike have felt as though they shouldn’t grieve. By coming together as a group, we remember our babies out loud.”
Parsons continued, “None of us want to be a part of this community, but we feel blessed that we have each other to lean on.”
This year, the balloon release and everything involved in the event will be bright, cheerful colors.
“It will be colors of the rainbow, colors of promise,” Parsons said. “It’s God’s promise that He has our babies in His arms.”
She said a quote by Ronald Reagan has been adopted by the group:
“When a child loses his parent, they are called an orphan. When a spouse loses her or his partner, they are called a widow or widower. When parents lose their child, there isn’t a word to describe them.”
The event is free, but donations will be accepted to help defray the costs. More information is available on the Facebook event page, “7th Annual Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day.”
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.