Ceremony, balloon release set for Tuesday
by Rachel Davis
May 08, 2014 | 605 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As Mother’s Day approaches and Father’s Day looms on the horizon, there are many parents out there who will feel hurt or overlooked because they have lost their children.

“If they don’t have a child physically there, they tend to get overlooked,” Brandi Woods, executive director of Hope After Loss Organization, said.

Woods remembers how hard Mother’s Day was for her after she lost her son, so for the third year, HALO will host a ceremony for those parents who lost their children.

The group will have a balloon release at the courthouse square at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday night. Parents, grandparents, friends and siblings who have suffered the loss of a child can write a message or the child’s name on the balloon and release it.

Although the ceremony is often emotional, Woods called it “healing” for those who have suffered these tragic losses.

The ceremony is also followed by a dinner at Los Reyes to honor the parents who have suffered a loss.

The event is sponsored by HALO, with no cost for participation, Woods just asks that anyone planning to attend call and reserve a spot so she can ensure there are enough balloons and enough space at the restaurant. She can be reached at 275-6459.

HALO’s regular meetings are held at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Health Services Building for Walker County Schools.

The group provides support services to parents who have lost children, as well as providing memory boxes to local hospitals to give to grieving parents when they suffer these losses.