Always in Our Hearts is a local support group for individuals and families who have experience d the tragedy of losing a child. This is the fifth years for th even which is being held on October 20 at 4pm. Registration will start at 3pm at Dolly McNutt Memorial Plaza which is behind the McCracken County public Library in Paducah.
As in previous years, the event is free and begins with a remembrance ceremony. The service allows those affected by pregnancy and infant loss to remember and honor their angel - it is followed by a brief remembrance walk.
According to the March of Dimes, as many as half of all pregnancies may end in miscarriage.The Centers For Disease Control reports that 24,000 babies are stillborn in the United States each year and there are 3,600 SUID (sudden unexpected infant deaths) per year. ( These figures include SIDS, unknown sudden death, and accidental strangulation or suffocation deaths.)
Although these statistics can be hard to think about, it is important to know that it happens. When it does, the families are left devastated and Always In Our Hearts is there to help them navigate their unique grief.
“People just don’t know what to say when they hear that someone has lost a baby,” said Mary Coy, Founder of Always In Our Hearts. “If you are unsure what to say, tell them you’re sorry, you love them and that they are not alone. These parents will never forget their babies and they want to know that you remember them too, and it is OK to say their baby’s name.”
“Every year, during Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Month, we walk to remember the steps never taken. This event allows parents an opportunity to celebrate the life of their child publicly instead of feeling like mentioning their name is taboo.”
Always In Our Hearts partners with another local group who supports families through infertility. “When I hear the heartbreak of these families who struggle with infertility, I draw so many parallels between their grief and the grief of pregnancy or infant loss,” Coy told me. “These folks experience the loss of their hopes and dreams for a child every month when they learn that, yet again, they are not pregnant.”
“We are excited to also partner with God’s Littlest Angel this year - a support group in Owensboro,” Coy told me. “They accept donated wedding gowns and formal gowns of all types, colors, and fabrics and turn them into the most delicate & dignified burial gowns for these little ones. We are having a ‘dress drive’ at this year’s remembrance walk and we invite anyone to bring items that they wish to donate to the event; dresses do not have to be cleaned before donation.”
Founder Mary Coy may be contacted via phone at 270.210.5110 for further information.