Henry. Charlotte. Austin. Lindsey. Jackson. Hope.
These are a few of the 100 names read at the inaugural Follow the Butterfly Trail event hosted by Compassion Women's Center on Sunday.
Names of babies that were lost before they had a chance to live.
Families impacted by miscarriage or infant loss were given a butterfly to release in the Master Gardeners Association Teaching Garden in honor of the baby lost.
Jessica Fannin was there to honor River Hyatt — her precious baby born still at 38 weeks Jan. 17.
“I have four other babies in Heaven as well,” she said. “All lost between 6-14 weeks.”
Shawna Cantrell and her husband have two kids. They tried for eight years to have another child and in the meantime lost three. Cantrell said they had their “rainbow baby.”
“The boys named her Kinley Grace because they said it was the by the grace of God we had her,” she said.
Event coordinators Michelle Downy, Catha Ashepak and Ariel Sanders experienced losing a baby.
“We want to help others that, just like us, have experienced loss,” Sanders said.
They created the Walking through Miscarriage and Infant Loss Program at the Compassion Women's Center.
Ashepak said they began planning this event a year ago and envisioned 10-25 people.
Ashepak said she was amazed by the turnout of over 200 people.
“We wanted to come together and acknowledge that those babies existed,” she said.
Ashepak was 28 weeks along when she lost her baby. She remembers sitting in that hallway hearing other babies being born while she was awaiting the arrival of her baby at rest.
Sanders was in her ninth week of pregnancy when her loss occurred.
“I just remember sitting in that ER room and being told that my baby didn’t have a heartbeat anymore,” she said. “I never felt more angry, helpless and alone.”
Sanders said throughout her grief journey she learned that God never promised it would be easy, but He promised that He would be forever standing by her side carrying her through the rough patches.
“What He did say is in every season of brokenness, he would bring us hope, strength and truth,” she said.
Director of Compassion Women’s Center Misti Underwood said Downy, Ashepak and Sanders were catalysts of the event.
“They have taken their pain and used it as a healing process for everyone,” she said.
Underwood said this was the first time they hosted this event and as she looked out at a sea of people, she hopes they felt seen and respected.
“I see men and women who can go into the community and let the community know that their loss can be recognized as well,” she said.
Compassion Women’s Center offers programs related to infant loss and miscarriage, post abortion support and parenting classes.
“If there’s someone in your family, a loved one that you know, who can benefit from any of our programs to share our programs with them,” she said.
Underwood said everything they do is free to the community.
“Our goal is to show compassion, integrity and love,” she said.
Compassion Women’s Center will be starting a grief program July 13.