Approximately 30 people attended the first public National Pregnancy and Infant Loss event held in Utica Park on October 15th. It was the first event of its kind to be held in Calaveras County.
The celebration of such a day began in 1988 when President Ronald Reagan proclaimed October as National Pregnancy and Infant loss awareness month. By 2002 all 50 states recognized October 15th as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day.
In Utica Park, families gathered to celebrate the lives and loss of their young angels. They wrote messages on colored balloons and as a group released them into the night sky to fly with the angels.
Sara Hohman was the organizer of this year's event. "I had lost 7 babies. I needed to find a way to mourn without being mopey all the time...just one day to let it all go."
The idea came when she ran into another mom at school who had a similar experience and they bonded immediately. Sara knew what was needed was a place where all like minded parents, siblings, families could come together as one group to grieve and celebrate together.
"I didn't want anyone else to grieve or hurt alone." said Sara.
She started researching grieving for infant loss and found that there was indeed a National Day for such a thing and quickly went to work organizing the one held at Utica on October 15, 2014.