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Mother’s Day is Sunday and for most people, it is a happy occasion and cause for celebration.
But for parents who have lost a child to miscarriage, stillborn or early death, the holiday is a sad reminder of what they have lost.
To help parents cope with the grief, a balloon release will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday at Greasel Park in Canfield. The event is being sponsored by Gianna’s Light, a support group for parents who have lost a baby.
The organization was founded four years ago by Sherri Horvat, who lost her daughter Gianna halfway through her pregnancy. Horvat said when she was 28 weeks pregnant, a routine ultrasound showed no movement of her fetus and no heartbeat.
“The grief is so great and it never goes away,” Horvat said.
She said she wanted to take her grief and turn it into something positive, so she founded Gianna’s Light.
This is the first year the organization is hosting a balloon release, but it has held a candlelight vigil every October.
There are 75 people signed up for the event so far. The balloon release is open to the public, but pre-registration is required.