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On Sunday, October 18, 2015emily’s gift of hope hosted a special art event at Painting with a Twist in Avon, OH. They have a wonderful program in place called, Painting with a Purpose, where they help non-profits with a cause. In this small and intimate gathering, bereaved parents and family members gathered to create a painting in memory of their loved baby or babies to bring home. Food and drinks were served. Thank you to our food donations from local Cafe Melissa in Avon Lake, OH and Costco in Avon, OH. Also, there was a tree raffle to plant in memory of your baby, babies, or grandbabies. Daffodil flower bulbs were given at the close of our time together to plant in memory of our babies. A BIG thank you to The Rock Pile in Avon, OH for your very generous donations to our event and nonprofit.

Also, emily’s gift of hope has a support group, The Hope and Loss Group, for mothers and fathers who have experienced the loss of a baby during pregnancy or infancy. Our group was inititated on Thursday, September 19, 2013. Group is held on the third Tuesday of every month. Location for group is at the Avon Lake Public Library located at 32649 Electric Blvd., Avon Lake, OH, and meet from 7:00-8:30pm. Light refreshments are served. Group is facilitated by Psychologist and Counselor, Ky Heinlen. RSVP is required to attend. Thank you.


Thank you for all that attended emily’s walk of hope on Saturday, July 27, 2013. It was a beautiful day, despite the rain. Several people said that the raindrops were “tears from heaven”, and I was reminded of Eric Clapton’s song, “Tears in Heaven” which he wrote in memory of his son.

As I said at our walk, it takes a lot of courage to come out and publicly acknowledge the loss of your baby and child. We were given permission to celebrate and remember our babies and children, and not feel so alone in this club. We move forward, very small steps. But, we never move on from the loss of a baby or child. Our lives are forever changed.

We had the two groups that we support, The FEEL Group and Cornerstone of Hope, there at our walk.

We had an outpouring of support and love with our numerous raffle items, and our local businesses, gave us plenty of food and drinks to feed our bodies. Our volunteers were awesome, and helped the walk become what it was.

Many said how they enjoyed their walks around the track, and that it gave them time to reflect on their babies and children. We did our 16 laps, for the 16 weeks that I carried our Emily.

We also announced future events coming up. One being that we are starting a support group for anyone that has experienced the loss of a baby in utero or infancy. This starts on Thursday, September 19, 2013, and will be the third Thursday of every month.

We closed with a beautiful balloon release with 100 balloons released to our babies and children above, as our church’s choral director sang, The Prayer. She also sang The National Anthem in the beginning of the walk.

Thank you to all of the support and love that has been given to us. I will close with a quote, as I did on the day of the walk. A day that we remembered, missed, and loved our babies and children. A day that many of us will remember always with hope and love…

“There is no foot too small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world.”


“I loved being a part of such a happy day lifting the spirits of the grieving parents and sharing in their celebration of love and life for their children.”

“We had a wonderful day! My husband and I talked about how it is so wonderful to have a day of remembrance and community. The dates we had previously were the day we lost our baby and due date, both of which are extremely hard days for us both. It is nice to have a date that is not about sorrow, but about connecting others and celebrating our babies and how they impacted our lives. It brought my husband and me closer. We will also be able to explain to our future children about their sibling who is in heaven and will never be forgotten. The walk could not have been more perfect. It was also the first time that my husband and his dad, actually talked about what had happened. It was such an important day because his dad explained how he didn’t know what to say or do or how to help, and they got a chance to talk father to son.”

“Thank you for a wonderful morning, despite the rain. Everything was perfectly planned. This walk provided me the opportunity to reflect upon and remember my losses while celebrating the two happy, healthy children I have. I walked in remembrance of all four of my angels. The two above, and the two with me.” 

“The walk was such a nice tribute to the children we have lost. I know Emily would love how much you have done for her and for all those that have lost a child. I was able to explore the emotions that I needed to. So happy to be a part of a special day!”

“This is a beautiful way to remember our children. Thank you!”


We are happy to see that emily’s walk of hope has been in the local news recently. Click here to read the article that The Press, Writer Bryan Wroten, wrote, “Emily’s Walk of Hope: Helping others heal after a loss.” And click here for The Sun Sentinel, Writer Cheryl Higley’s article, “Avon Lake woman started Emily’s Gift of Hope to help those dealing with loss of baby.” Lastly, click here for The Avon-AvonLakePatch story by Editor Lori E. Switaj, “Emily’s Walk of Hope Eases Pain of Losing Child.”

The Hope and Loss Group

Next meeting: **Due to COVID-19, all meetings are not taking place until further notice. Thank you for your patience. 

Avon Lake Public Library

32649 Electric Blvd., Avon Lake, OH

**Meetings are held the third Tuesday of every month. Group is for mothers and fathers who have experienced the loss of a baby during pregnancy or infancy. For more details, please send an email to: RSVP is required to attend. Thank you. 

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