Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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May 2, 2013

Butterfly release honors parents who have lost children

ASHLAND — Amber Roseberry in Grayson appreciates the support she got when her son, Eli, was stillborn.

“Cathie (Whitt) was wonderful,” Roseberry recalled. “She was there with me when I lost my son. WIthout her, I wouldn’t have even known what to do or what to ask for.”

Whitt, who is involved with the pregnancy and infant loss support group at King’s Daughters Medical Center and who is a labor and delivery nurse there, is organizing the second butterfly release and prayer ceremony honoring parents who have lost an infanct during pregnancy or following birth. The ceremony will be at 2 p.m. May 11 at the Ashland Central Park fountain. Whitt has experienced the loss herself: she miscarried four times, twice before she and her husband adopted a son.

“It’s so hard when all in the world you want is what other people find so easy to obtain,”she said.

She said last year, about 30 attended and this year, she hopes the crowd will be larger.

Having the event the day before Mother’s Day is mean to stress the purpose: to honor parents.

Roseberry, a mother of three, said she plans to attend.

“I’ll be there and I’ll be helping Cathie, too,” she said, noting she will distribute cards from an online support group that she found helpful. She said she believes the ceremony will be helpful to her.

“Shortly after we buried Eli, yellow butterflies popped up everywhere,” she said. “We take that as a sign from him.”

Whitt’s support group meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at King’s Daughters Medical Center’s health education center.

King’s Daughters Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group will have a butterfly release and prayer ceremony honoring parents who have experienced the loss of an infanct during pregnancy or following birth at 2 p.m. May 11 at the Ashland Central Park fountain on the corner of Lexington Avenue and 22nd Street. For more information, call Cathie Whitt at (606) 408-4546.

LEE WARD can be reached at lward@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2661.

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