“Two little hands that resembled my own, held tightly onto a ribbon of a pink balloon. Our son anxiously waited for our daughter’s name to be called. We were not alone. We were part of a fellowship of families that shared an unwishful reality. Our babies got an early invitation to leave this world and go on. As I watched our son’s tight grip on the balloon ribbon, I was reminded of the strong grip of hope that we had for her to survive. We wanted so much for her to stay with us. But as her name was called, and our son released the balloon ribbon, I watched the balloon dance in the cold wind as it freely floated. It was at that very moment, I knew she was not ours. She was not defined by her passing but is defined by being like that little pink ballon that dances freely, touching the world through us in profound ways.”
On October 6th, 65 balloons freely floated over Pinkerton Park in Franklin as families gathered to attend the SHARING: Walk for Remembrance & Hope event. This annual event is designed to provide families with an opportunity to be with other families who know and understand loss and together recognize, name, and honor each baby.