Today we attended the unveiling of the Angel Of Hope Monument by The Tears Foundation. I thought sneaking down there and seeing it before the unveiling would make today a little easier. But due to the crowd of people there, I was thankful that I had those few private moments earlier in the week. It was a beautiful event with a dove release and the reading of names. A lady sang "A Mothers Prayer" and I just fell apart. They had a reception after but with all the people it was just to much. So I figured Derek, Me, and the boys will go down there and next weekend and soak it all up with our little family. But I managed to get a few pictures. I also took pink roses up and laid them at the base of her stone. I was also given the chance to get a copy of her etched name.
I Saw a young couple today and they must have been in the early stage of this journey. Something about them reminded me of Derek and I at Trinity's service. It breaks my heart to see the hurt in so many eyes.
Below is the poem that is in the middle of the monument
"Hope" is an elusive word when your baby dies,
Chasing after unanswered questions.
But Slowly Hope Appears,
First in the hands that hold you up in prayer and in deed.
Then in the hearts of those willing to listen.
Voices unafraid to speak your baby's name,
Like music on your ears, beautiful bells from heaven.
Tears dry into timid smiles and laughter rings again.
Life continues, never the same, forever changed.
The blessing of your child,
It's beautiful Sam. Next time I come visit we'll have to drive down there so I can see it in person. I'm sure it was overwhelming seeing all of those names.
I am so glad you got those private moments before. It's beautiful and I can only imagine the peace you feel inside knowing there is finally a place you can go to remember and reflect on your beautiful baby girl. Love you Sam!
What a sweet ceremony!! I'm glad that they've taken the time to honor your sweet little girl!
Beautiful, Samantha. Thank you for sharing.
It's so wonderful to have Trinity and all the other babies in your community honored with this monument. I wish that the monument wasn't necessary, but because it is, I'm glad that there is a way to publicly remember them.They were here, however briefly, and they are our children. Thank you for sharing this special memory with us. I'm glad you and your boys got to have some quiet time without the crowds.
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