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Mourning mothers to gather

Susan Simmons is the facilitator of the Mourning Mothers support group. - Natasha Jones/Langley Times
Susan Simmons is the facilitator of the Mourning Mothers support group.
— image credit: Natasha Jones/Langley Times

The annual remembrance service for Mourning Mothers will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15 at Langley Lawn Cemetery, 4393 208 St.

When a mother loses a baby due to miscarriage, medical termination, stillbirth or her baby dies as a newborn, she often finds it hard to grieve because people around her may not understand her loss.

This sense of sorrow compounded by the lack of a grave which she and her family could visit to help them remember the child they lost.

They often suffer in silence, says Susan Simmons, facilitator of the support group.

Mourning Mothers has a plaque by a ‘baby tree’ at the cemetery, and the memorial is a place where families can reflect on the life they held for a short time.

Those who attend the event are encouraged to bring flowers to place near the plaque, bring a candle to light, and share their story.

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