Remembrance Garden Prayer Service, May 18th: Special prayer service to honor the memory of babies who were born into the arms of angels
On Thursday, May 18th at 2:00pm we will gather with Capital Region families at Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery in Niskayuna for a special prayer service to honor the memory of all the babies who were born into the arms of angels, and celebrate the joy of love. Last year, Chris and Jen Sifka of Guilderland attended the service. “This is a day we set aside to remember him,” Chris said. “It brings a little peace.”
Dedicated in 2013, the Remembrance Garden is a memorial for those who have experienced the devastating loss of a baby, whether it was years ago or a more recent loss. It has blossomed into a place of peaceful reflection for families who have experienced a miscarriage or the death of a baby, either before it was born or shortly after birth. It is a space to meditate; a place where the existence of a baby is affirmed even if the baby was never acknowledged. This garden of healing is where families can openly grieve the loss of their child, and mourn their shattered hopes and dreams. It is a place to memorialize a life that ended far too soon, and is intended to bring comfort to those whose empty arms bring such heartache. Nicole Willbrant of Brunswick has attended the service for the past few years “My biggest worry was that our baby would not be remembered. This garden means that our baby will not be forgotten.”
The contemplative setting by the water, where families can gaze upon the garden or the beautiful bronze statue of Rachel mourning, is the perfect setting for our Remembrance Garden service held each spring around Mother’s Day.
“Our babies lived. Our babies were loved. We had hopes and dreams shattered. We cannot forget.” stated Lori Biskup, Albany Diocesan Cemeteries Director of Family Service in the opening remarks of last years service.
If you, a family member, or someone you know has suffered the loss of a child, we hope you will consider attending and/or sharing the service information.
For further information, please contact 518-374-5319 or Lori.Biskup@rcda.org.
“Parents who lost child share their grief at cemetery’s annual remembrance service”– (Link to a news story by Kristin Schultz, published in The Daily Gazette and Your Niskayuna on May 31, 2017)