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It is common to have a balloon release at either funerals or memorials and let’s face it, the colourful balloons are appealing as they gently wend their way skyward, seemingly heading towards Heaven and where we believed our loved ones have gone.  They are hard to resist and all those present can partake.

PLEASE RECONSIDER A BALLOON RELEASE.  Some balloons are noted as being biodegradable but over what period of time?  If a released balloon is made of mylar, it is not biodegradable.  What about the ribbons or strings attached to the balloons?  Are they biodegradable too?  Balloons can float for miles and get caught on Hydro wires, in trees, come to rest in lakes, rivers and on the ground.  In these places they can be mistaken by birds, turtles and fishes as food and when ingested, they block their digestive systems causing death.  Birds’ necks can get caught in strings/ribbons affecting their ability to swallow and eventually causing their deaths.  Even their feet are at risk of becoming entangled when the ribbons are stuck in trees.  If caught on wires, balloons and strings can cause disruption to electrical services and in trees, at a minimum, they are an eye sore.

CONSIDER HAVING A HOMING PIGEON OR DOVE RELEASE INSTEAD.  This is equally beautiful and memorable service, doesn’t hurt the environment and the birds wend their way back home after they are released.

Do you have another alternative to balloons that you would like to share?

 

 

 

 

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There is a special group of photographers working in North America who will take the most beautiful, tasteful, loving photos of children who pass away near birth or right after they are born.  The organization is called Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, and these talented and special people create the most from an extremely painful situation.  Parents who participate report that the photos are precious memories, especially over time.  In a multiple-birth situation with a survivor(s), these photos can start the conversation about letting the survivor(s) know of their true beginnings.  They offer a time to remember as a family, perhaps to grieve and to share feelings and emotions.  For survivors, the photos offer some healing about their origins and truth about their co-multiple, i.e. there were really two of us at one point in time.  One Mom shared that while most parents have many pictures and memories of their babies, for bereaved parents, these are all they have and they mean everything to them.

If you know of someone who has lost or will lose a baby, do let them know about this amazing organization.  There may be a chapter in your community.   There is no cost to have the pictures taken.

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