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Balloon release helps grieving parents remember little ones


Parent in the Tennessee Valley held a balloon release Saturday night in remembrance of the loss of their children.

The memorial balloon release was held by the foundation "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep," which provides remembrance photos for parents suffering the loss of an infant.

Event leaders said it was a chance for them to begin the healing process, and to keep the memories alive of the babies they lost.

They said a picture is worth a thousand words, but for some people, a picture is all they have.

"Those are the only pictures we have of our son. The fact that we can have them is a real blessing," said Jason Merkel.

Merkel and his wife, Jocelyn were expecting a baby boy. But 40 weeks into the pregnancy, they lost him.

"We were devastated. We struggled a lot with why did this happen?" said Merkel.

Although they will never know that answer, they know they are not alone.

They gathered with other grieving parents to remember the little ones they lost.

"Pregnancy does not always go the way you think it is going to go. You think you will get married and have a kid and everything is going to be just fine with a white picket fence. But sometimes God has other plans for us," said Mary Ellen Pollard, a photographer for the foundation who has also experienced the loss of an infant.

But these parents are working through it, with a handwritten note and a colorful balloon, sent up to the skies to let their babies know they're not forgotten.

The 3rd Annual National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Ceremony will be Sunday, October 14 at 3:00 p.m. It will be at the Huntsville Hospital Corporate University on Governor's Drive.

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