BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) – It’s a loss that no parent ever wants to face, miscarry, or suffer the loss of an infant.
October is known as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.
Two organizations in Bowling Green make sure you know that during a time like this, you are not alone.
Jessica Heffinger who started Glory Baby Ministry in Bowling Green recalls the tragedy that helped start the organization, âI’m sorry, there is no heartbeat. The worst words a parent wants to hear is, I’m sorry.
âI was insensitive to everything, I worked for over nine hours. She was stillborn at 9:54 pm, and we called her Riley Marie, and she weighed a pound two ounces and was 10 inches tall, ârecalls Jessica.
Josh Heffinger’s husband Jessica also remembers that day, “It was the hardest day of my life, I never dreamed that we were walking that day to find my baby was gone, that my baby was dead and my baby was going to have to be delivered.
After Riley’s death, Jessica wanted to honor her memory, so she collected wedding dresses for parents bereaved by a similar loss for an organization outside of the bowling green, the dresses were turned into funeral dresses.
âIn March 2017, Glory Baby Ministry was formed in Bowling Green, Kentucky,â adds Jessica.
Heffinger sends a message to parents who have experienced a similar loss.
âEveryone grieve differently, and we respect that. Therefore, if anyone needs the services of the ministry of Glory Baby, no matter how long, we will send them a package and want them to contact us when they are ready, to contact us, “, Jessica said.
Another organization, Incredible Angels Inc. also offers services to parents with loss of autonomy, helping them to rest their babies with an infant tombstone or cremation services.
âWe’ve been there to help them plan and think about what they want those moments to look like, together how they might want to say goodbye. Would they prefer a funeral rather than a cremation because it all depends on how the family wants to honor the memory of their child’s life, âsays Ericka Church, Founder of Amazing Angels Inc.
Both organizations hope those who are currently going through a devastating situation like this know that they are not alone.
âYou are making a big difference, not only in our lives, in the lives of our children, being able to talk about her and the two miscarriages we had has changed lives, it brings comfort to families around the world. And that’s what it’s all about and letting families know, hey, you’re not alone. Let us walk by your side, âadds Jessica.
Church also adds, âAll of our services are free and there is no financial requirement to be eligible for assistance. We firmly believe that it is never a financial burden that a family is willing to take and it is certainly not an emotional burden that just anyone is willing to take.
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