One of my dearest charities, SANDS, has got this amazing remembrance garden in the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. It's dedicated to the memory of all babies who have died. It is a tranquil place where families can remember their own baby in peace.
My first visit to this special place with a stone sculpted baby in the centre was just three months after our loss, so quite a raw and painful experience.
This has been kindly blogged about here by Barefoot Books.
The second time was just before J turned one! Going there with a subsequent, living child helps a lot but also adds a new dimension to the grief - the comprehension of what was lost.
We're happy and grateful that this beautiful place exists as it really helps remembering and acknowledging the loss of a baby.
Each year, there's a Remembrance and Sands Garden Day, and this year - Saturday 13th June - will also see a balloon release. As we can't be there in person, we sponsored one with our message for Maya from afar which will also be added to the symbolic release on Saturday.