by Gwendolyn Roberts
All of the attendees at our first Charlottesville Spirit Babies Ceremony concurred that there is a need for this sort of gathering in our community. Too often pregnancy loss feels isolating. There are amazing resources available through institutions and online, but there is a magic possible when we share space and time with one another.
On the autumnal equinox, when light and dark share the day equally, we gathered at Belmont Park in the twilight. It was a beautiful night: fire started by bow-drill, sage and candles burning. We sat and shared tears and laughter, silence and words. We acknowledged, honored and held each loss; naming grief and stepping forward into the next season.
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