Every year, members of Edward Hospital’s SHARE group gather in the Wings of Hope Angel Garden on the hospital campus for a blessing and butterfly release.
“SHARE is a grief support group that meets here twice a month and it’s for parents that have lost a baby. It’s a group where people come together that have that common grief and support each other,” said SHARE Coordinator for Edward Hospital, Sue Villa.
Dozens of families gathered in the garden for this year’s blessing, which featured a special prayer, time of reflection and a reading of the names of those lives lost.
The event concluded with a special butterfly release.
“It’s a way to remember. So many people are afraid to talk about lost babies, they’re afraid they’re going to bring it up,” said Villa. “They don’t realize that those parents are thinking about it constantly, this is a way to recognize them, to remember and to really celebrate them.”
Edward’s SHARE program is open to all who have experienced the loss of a baby, and meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.
SHARE also hosts their annual walk to remember every fall to raise funds for the garden and their programs.
Naperville News 17’s Evan Summers reports.