Peaceful gardens can be a place of respite in troubled times. Nothing is more difficult than losing a baby. Sadly, even with all the advances of modern medicine, babies are still lost through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or newborn death.

Former President Ronald Reagan named October, National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month to remember those babies who die each year. Every year, Shannon's White Rose Bereavement group holds the annual "Walk to Remember" to honor the memories of those who have been lost.

The walk takes on special significance this year. Back in August, construction began to expand the Women and Children's Building at Shannon to better serve our area. In planning for this growth, they had to make the difficult decision to relocate their precious White Rose Garden with so many beautiful roses planted to honor and remember those babies lost.  Knowing that this space had been sacred and treasured for patients and families, they decided to carefully move each and every rose bush to a new location.

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No expense was spared in moving each rose bush and surrounding soil to preserve them. In addition each of the memory stones were gathered and placed in a special heart shaped memorial designed specifically for the stones.

The site of the original White Rose Garden will be covered by new construction, but the sacred foundation will commemorated with a special memorial marker to set it apart for all the babies who were remembered and honored over the years.

This year, the annual White Rose Walk to Remember is October 2nd at 2:30pm in the new White Rose Garden at the Shannon Women's And Children's Center. Anyone is welcome to visit the garden no matter how long ago they lost a child or how. Parents never forget them. This is Shannon's and our community's way of showing that we, too, will never forget them.


For more info call Robyn Tucker at 325-481-6332.

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