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Families honor lost infants, pregnancies with ceremony in Charleston, WV

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Families lit lanterns to remember the infants and pregnancies lost. Families lit lanterns to remember the infants and pregnancies lost.
CHARLESTON, WV -
The number of women who have experience a miscarriage is staggering.  In honor of Infant and Pregnancy Loss Awareness Day, dozens of men and women who have experienced this tragedy gathered to honor the lives lost.

They let lanterns float off into the distance.  "May there be peace and joy within all of our hearts," said organizer, Stephanie Legg.  "I don't find it any coincidence that this is part of my journey," she said.  

Legg is a mother.  She has lost four babies of her own.  She said it's part of her journey, and it's one that she owns.  "Everything we go though in life has a purpose.  You want to be able to find that," Legg said.

She said her purpose is to let women know that they're not alone  She wants women to know that this experience is, unfortunately, a common one.  Legg said at least 30 percent of women have experienced a miscarriage.  This is a statistic that the women who attended Tuesday's vigil are familiar with, one that they're learning to open up about with other families.

Organizers said they don't want the ceremony to be a somber occasion.  They wanted everyone to understand that healing is a family process.  "The feelings are somber," Legg said. "The emotions are hard.  As you share them with other people, there's just peace and healing in that."

If you are interested in this support group, contact 304-345-1974, or search for "Forget-Me-Not Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support" on Facebook.