Look what just happened today! It is an amazing journey to see this come together for the community. The paver walkway is complete and we are gathering our final set of orders for the first group of engraving. If you haven't sent in your forms but want to get a paver engraved, send us a message so we have a count idea. http://wingsofhopemankato.weebly.com/paver-order-form.html
Thank you to KEYC news for covering the construction of the memorial site! We want to continue to share the information with members of the community so that families know there is a resource in the area. See more here about KEYC's coverage.
If you have an opportunity - a moms' group, community organization, club, ministry, etc. - where we could come to share information about Wings of Hope, please contact us and let us know.
When you see these pavers at the memorial site - they are more than just parts to a path. They are places where families can, perhaps for the first time, have a public and permanent place to memorialize the lives of their children. The pavers are also an opportunity for people in the community to support these families and recognize the tiny lives who departed too soon.
For information on ordering a paver, please see this form or contact us via email.
Hope. That little word means so much, and today the progress at the cemetery fills us with immeasurable hope. The guys are still hard at work and the first pavers are being set (more pictures to come!). Every load of gravel, sand and dirt continues to fuel this hope that the Mankato community will find comfort and even joy in having a memorial for little ones lost during pregnancy and their grieving families.
Sharing today a wonderful blog post written by Lindsey Bell - well worth the read!
Why It’s Not “Just a Miscarriage”
It is so very fitting that in October - National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance month - we continue to see such progress at the memorial site. This morning on my way to a meeting to share information about Wings of Hope I stopped by the cemetery. The foundation forms have been removed and we are one step closer to the paver installation.
The foundation you see here will be the base of a granite memorial stone rising about 5 feet. Atop that will sit the angel wing carving.
Within the white outline will be the pavers, done in a soft gray like the gray granite of the monument. You can order your memorial pavers here.
Around the perimeter of the circle is where the burial sites will be for the remains of children lost in miscarriage.
It was an exciting day as the foundation was poured at the Wings of Hope memorial site! A huge thank you to the men who donated their time and energy to make this a reality for us. The square block you see is located in the center circle and will be the base of a granite monument. At the height of the monument will be a granite carving of angel's wings embracing a baby. Local stone artist Tom Miller is working on this project with us.
In the following weeks Broad Street Brick & Patio will be laying the pavers of the walkway. The 6x9" granite pavers are available for engraving. Learn more and about how to order yours.
There is a certain kind of comfort in knowing that we are all in this journey of grieving, remembering, and healing together. By sharing our stories we hope to let others know they are not alone - and bring awareness to the very real and lasting impacts that pregnancy loss leaves on families.
In the coming days, weeks, and months, our committee will be sharing our personal stories of love, loss, learning, and growing. We want to hear from you, too, as we all move through this journey together, on wings of hope.
The members of our committee have all been on the journey of pregnancy loss, but in different ways. Learn more about why they are all so passionate about bringing awareness and comfort to families who lose a child during pregnancy.