NISKAYUNA, N.Y. (NEWS10) – There’s no worse fear for a parent than having to bury your child, and Thursday afternoon mothers from around the Capital Region gathered to remember families who have had to do just that.
The memorial was held at the Remembrance Garden at the Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery in Niskayuna.
The event honored the memories of some of the tiniest children who have lost their lives.
Lori Biskup, Director of Family Service at Albany Diocesan Cemeteries says the garden was specifically created to remember stillborn and early death infants.
“Early on, the idea was that we were going to create this garden for the families who never had a chance to see or hold their child,” said Biskup.
The gathered mothers released butterflies in memory of those children. The Albany Diocesan Cemetery says many cultures and traditions recognize the butterfly as a symbol of transformation and faith. The emerging butterfly from the chrysalis is often seen as a powerful representation of freedom and new life.
The remembrance garden is the first memory space of its kind in the nation.