Oak Harbor 'Angel Moms' remember the babies they lost too soon

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by HEATHER GRAF / KING 5 News

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Posted on October 15, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 16 at 8:58 AM

Every year in the United States, nearly one million pregnancies end in miscarriage, stillbirth, or the death of a newborn baby.  It's a painful, emotional blow to a family that is rarely talked about, but a group of moms in Oak Harbor is hoping to change that.

October 15th is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.

For Lisa Manley, that made Tuesday the perfect day to remember the child she lost five years ago, and ask other moms and dads in her situation to join her.

"Tanner was born July 10th and passed away May 30th of 2008, and from that day forward, I have been a mom to an angel," said Manley.

Doctors believe her 11-month-old died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS.  If there's one thing she's learned from his death, it's that the pain never goes away. 

Manley says she's also learned she isn't alone in her heartache.  She started Oak Harbor 'Angel Moms' to give parents an outlet for their grief, and a group of people to lean on when times get tough.

On Tuesday, the group held a balloon release for every child that's been lost, followed by an hour of silence in their memory.

"People have told me things like move on, get over it , whatever - it doesn't happen," said Sandra Van Vechten-Berry, who attended the event.

She had three miscarriages before going on to have four healthy babies.  Then, she lost several of her children as adults.  

"There are still holes, all the time, every day.  It's just the hardest thing that anybody can ever experience," she said.

That's why she's so grateful for the Oak Harbor 'Angel Moms'.  You can learn more about the group and how to get involved on its Facebook page

 

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