A special event was held in Millet Oct. 19 that paid tribute to pregnancy and infant loss.
“A Walk to Remember’ was held to pay tribute to families who have lost a pregnancy or infant, and the Millet Scout Hall was full for the event.
Organizers Lindsay Labonte and Mariette Van Der Westhuizen both said the event was a great way to bring families together, show support for women who’ve lost a child and remember those who are not here.
“It can be a very lonely thing to go through,” said Labonte at the scout hall, who noted this is the first year for the event.
Labonte said many people don’t know what to say to someone who’s lost an infant or pregnancy, so they don’t say anything at all. She said people should feel comfortable speaking about the issue, and having an event that shines light on that felt very good.
Labonte noted the event started Saturday morning with rock painting, where family members could decorate a stone in memory of a family member lost in pregnancy. The family members then went on the “Walk to Remember,” and set their stones down along the hiking trail.
Van Der Westhuizen is one of several artists who belong to the “Art of Healing” group for women who’ve lost a pregnancy or infant and work through their feelings with art. “The group is doing really well,” she said Oct. 19, noting lots of women are participating and she’s seen lots of support there. Some trained counselors are also involved.
Van Der Westhuizen said she experienced pregnancy loss and felt really alone and isolated. Art helped her in a therapeutic way.
The walk was held as close as possible to Oct. 15, which was Infant and Pregnancy Loss Awareness Day.
Those curious about the “Art of Healing” group can email firstname.lastname@example.org.