Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Share Walk for Remembrance & Hope: Balloon Found

The annual Share Walk for Remembrance & Hope was last Saturday in St. Louis, MO. As part of the remembrance ceremony, bereaved family members release a balloon in memory of their baby, once his/her name is called. 

Share received a call from a very sweet man named Joseph who found one of the Share balloons in his yard today. He is from Cedar Hill, TN, and said God Bless for all you do and to have a good day. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

October is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month

October is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month. Share is launching "31 Days of Share," which will utilize social media to raise awareness of pregnancy loss and infant death. We will post something daily and invite you to share our posts in an effort to increase awareness!

Each year, approximately a million pregnancies in the United States end in miscarriage, stillbirth, or the death of the newborn child. The Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Movement began in the United States on October 25, 1988, when then-American President Ronald Reagan designated the month of October 1988 as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.

The loss of a child stays with parents, friends, and family members forever, but it can be challenging for others to truly understand the emotional and physical impact. Events across the country take place each October and help people to better empathize and support parents on their journey to hope.

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month enables us to consider how, as individuals and communities, we can meet the needs of bereaved parents and family members and work to prevent causes of these problems. For more information, visit www.nationalshare.org.

Follow "31 Days of Share" on our Facebook page!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Our Precious Maria

By: Laura Lumetta 

Maria Grace Lumetta was stillborn on December 19, 2011. The loss of our precious Maria was felt by not only my husband and I, but also by the eight siblings she left behind. Our children mourned in various ways. Some drew pictures, some wrote letters, and one daughter crocheted identical blankets. One of the blankets I held Maria in at the hospital and now keep in a special place, and the other blanket was wrapped around Maria before she was placed in the casket. 



The following is a poem that another daughter, Carolina (age 13 at the time), wrote for Maria. This poem was framed and displayed at the memorial service. 



You were a blessing, a joy, 
The first moment we heard of you. 
You were loved from the start 
By everyone around you. 

You were a sweet creation of God, 
And He gave you a family to live in. 
How anyone could love you more 
I just can't imagine. 

You were a light, an example, 
Changing your whole family. 
We saw you and thought, 
“She will live very happily.” 

You had brothers galore, 
Sisters and parents who loved you. 
You had uncles, aunts, and cousins, 
And grandparents, too. 

Yet, you were called to God. 
He wanted His sweet creation with Him. 
You are with Jesus now. 
You are in Heaven with Him. 

We all mourn you. 
We wanted you to stay. 
But if God wants you more, 
How could we keep you away? 

God, take care of her please, 
In Your warm embrace. 
We know she delights in you, 
Seeing Your wonderful face. 

Maria, we miss you dearly. 
We still love you in ev'ry way. 
We will see you again soon 
Up there in Heaven someday.