Yesterday, on 14th October, I organised an event for the people from my local Sands group to get together and release balloons for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness week.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect of the day or how many people would turn up. When I first arrived with my sister in law, I was completely overwhelmed. I had never been to Hollybrook Cemetary before, but I’d chosen it because it has a Sands memorial stone. The cemetary has a HUGE child and baby section. It was beautiful in that the graves were all marked and decorated with bright, colourful things. So much love and attention had gone into each one. That made me feel quite overwhelmed, and I couldn’t help the tears falling. Row upon row of little babies laid to rest together.
The weather couldn’t have been more beautiful. The sun was out, the blue of the sky was so bright, and there were just a few fluffy white clouds.
Soon after we arrived, more and more people began to show up. We all worked together to get all of the balloons filled and to attach the tags for babies whose parents weren’t able to attend. Everyone spent some time writing messages to their little ones.
Once everyone was ready, we let the balloons go. It was truly an amazing sight. We watched and watched until you couldn’t see them in the sky any longer. But what was really magical, was long after the balloons had disappeared from view, you could still see the twinkling of the light from the metallic silver on the back of the cards that we had written our messages on. I didn’t plan it at all, but they twinkled and sparkled like stars in the night sky.
I’d like to thank everyone who turned up and celebrated the lives of our babies for sharing the day with me. We raised £104 for Southampton Sands as well.