BANGOR – Erin and Scott Hatch were going to have twins, but sadly lost both babies at 20-weeks. EMMC connected them with the empty arms support group to let them know that they are not alone.
“It gives me a constant safe place where i know i can always go and talk about my boys and remember them and, in general, it’s kind of like the elephant in the room. People don’t want to talk about it, but i can walk into the room at one of those group meetings and know that nobody is going to look at me funny or judge me for what I’m feeling. Or i don’t get the puppy dog eyes that everyone gives you. People just understand.” Erin and Scott Hatch, Lost Twin Sons during Pregnancy, Empty Arms Remembrance Walk This Saturday
The group is for parents who lost children through miscarriage, still births, or during early infancy. This Saturday at 10 am, the group will meet at the mount hope cemetery for this year’s annual empty arms remembrance walk to raise money to support grieving parents.
“October is remembrance month, and we do this walk to remember all the babies that we lost too soon. This year is very special to us because we have been raising money since 2008 to open a remembrance garden. It’s a butterfly garden, we planted all Maine perennials in June and we added a few annuals but it’s special place that families can go to remember their babies.” Jamie Pangburn, Walk Organizer
The walk will also mark the unveiling of a monument in the garden at Mount Hope Cemetery. Erin and Scott will be in the walk with family and friends who have helped raise more than 700 dollars.