“I lost a set of twins seven years ago, they were born 17 weeks too early and they lived for two days,” said Naloni Barnard.
On Saturday, hundreds of families meet with a common bond-- all having suffered the death of a child.
“We had our baby boy on April 4th and he came to us as a pretty big surprise and we were able to hold him and love him for three months and then we woke up July 1 to an angel in a bassinet next to our bed,” said Mahealani Eddy. “It's been a pretty rough road.”
At the 9th annual Utah Share Walk to Remember, families carried a single balloon in memory of their tiny loved one. As their names are read aloud families let go of the balloon---
releasing the pain.
“It's life changing you're never the same after a loss,” said Tarra Jimenez.
But held on to the good.
“We know that we had our children and we lost our children, but we want the world to know that they still lived and they exist and they are part of our hearts and our families,” said Barnard.
The families say being around others who know their pain is crucial to healing.
“It helps to be around other moms it helps to know that I’m not going through this alone, I do have days where I can't get out of bed,” said Eddy.
But knowing there's support in these gatherings makes, those bad days a little more bearable.
“It recognizes my loss, it makes my loss real to the world rather than just being so taboo,” said Jimenez.
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