Thursday, May 17, 2012


Last evening was the Annual Memorial for our babies at our local hospital. I have been involved since it's inception 3 years ago by providing hand crafted Angel Wings, being the guest speaker last year and providing more Angel Wings and Comfort Boxes this year. What a remarkable evening. Beautiful and comforting. A delicate combination of overwhelming emotion and deep gratitude to be involved in such a meaningful event. One of my best girlfriends and baby loss mom spoke at the ceremony and was brilliant. The tears flowed freely onto my cheeks as I listened to her story. I have heard the story of her precious baby girl a million times, but last night was different. Last night was dedicated to her. Last night I could feel our babies presence much more closely. Almost palpable as we listened and reflected as the singers sang "On Angels Wings". One of the most profound moments for me was when the hostess invited everyone to approach the front of the room and take a pair of Angel Wings. It took a few moments before anyone got the courage to do so. The first gentleman walked slowly towards the wings, head down, somber and shaken. He carefully took a pair and cradled them in his hands.... just as you would cradle a newborn baby. A heartfelt moment that maybe I only saw. Then, one by one, the others approached and I was overwhelmed with such deep and raw emotion and sadness for these parents who are now walking this dreaded path. My heart was both weary and soothed by knowing that I can give back in some small way. That Nicholas' legacy supersedes us and it lives on. If anyone from last evenings ceremony is reading here and would like to contact me, please feel free to do so at:


Kathy deVries Baird said...

I was at the ceremony last night and it was incredible. Not that it made anything easier, but it was nice to remember our loved ones with others who maybe be feeling some of the same emotions we are struggling with. I want to thank you for the beautiful wings. I was trying to be so brave last night, but it didn't last long. The music was incredible and so meaning full when you really "listen" to the words. The speaker was incredible. Thanks for all your support you have given to ous all.

Lea said...

Kathy ~ thank you for your comment. You are incredibly brave just to walk through those doors... I commend you for that. I am glad to hear that you found the service both comforting and meaningful. It is always such an emotionally draining evening... but well worth it in the end. I hope you can find a special spot for your baby's Angel Wings. I am always here....

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