Valley Mothers Organize Walk To Remember

By: Dave Byknish Email
By: Dave Byknish Email

Melanie Earnest and Amber Rice are best friends. They're also two of more than one million women who experienced a miscarriage this year.

"It was very devastating," said Rice. "I was very excited that I was going to have a baby. My dream has always been to be a mom."

Earnest feels the same.

"It was a little shocking," she said. "Once I got through the shock of it, it was more trying to figure out how to deal with it."

During that search Rice let Earnest know about Pregnancy and Infancy Loss Remembrance Day.

They decided to help themselves move forward, it was important to rally other local families affected by loss.

They decided to start their own walk to remember.

"It's definitely helped deal with it a lot easier," said Earnest. "Just knowing that there's somebody else out there that has been there. That we can work together."

"The biggest thing for me is that our children are remembered," said Rice. "Just because they didn't survive for a certain period of time and they weren't hear on Earth, I want them to be remembered."

A main feature of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day is a worldwide candle lighting vigil. In each time zone, at 7p.m., candles are lit. The effect is a 24-hour wave of light of remembrance.

A Valley group dedicated to keeping the memory of lost children alive can be found at www.facebook.com/parentswithangels.


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