Losing a baby by miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death is not a subject that is easily talked about. Yet this tragedy affects more than 300 families in Broward County each year, and many of them will tell you that events like the Butterflies from Heaven Foundation event taking place Saturday, April 16, at Tree Tops Park, are so important to them.
“It is a special day for families to come together and honor and remember their babies. Here, they can be with other families who have been through a similar loss and they can plant a plant in honor of their baby, add their baby’s name to the memorial banner, hear their baby’s name read aloud, and release a live butterfly into the garden to commemorate their baby’s short life,” said Aletha Pillon-Fink, president of the Butterflies from Heaven Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization.
The free event is open to the entire community. It will begin at 11 a.m. at the Live Oak Pavilion at Tree Tops Park, 3900 S.W. 100th Ave., Davie. The day includes planting in the garden, a picnic lunch, and the live butterfly release.
This year marks the five-year anniversary of the Butterflies from Heaven event. The foundation was created by a small group of bereaved women who wanted to make a difference for other families who were affected by the loss of a baby. In addition to sponsoring the yearly event, the foundation works with area hospitals to assist bereaved families.
“We are very proud of what we have accomplished in five years,” said Pillon-Fink, whose daughter, Wyn, was stillborn. “We understand how devastating this kind of loss can be and we hope we can continue to reach out to support more and more families in their time of need.”