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Published December 06, 2011, 10:20 PM

Parents Gather to Remember Babies Taken Too Soon

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Some very special kids were remembered Tuesday night at Altru Hospital. Each year on December 6, a candlelight memorial service is held for infants who died before or shortly after they were born.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Some very special kids were remembered Tuesday night at Altru Hospital.

Each year on December 6, a candlelight memorial service is held for infants who died before or shortly after they were born.

Parents young and old gathered at Altru Hospital to remember their children who, although only here for a short time, changed their lives forever.

Ornaments hung on the Christmas tree at Altru Hospital representing young children taken too soon.

"Parents will be coming and placing ornaments on the tree in memory of their babies who have died early. And placing a flower by the white angel with a little prayer," chaplain Toni Betting said.

The Wings of Hope ceremony is a replica of the popular book, "The Christmas Box," originally written for the author's children.

"Author Richard Paul Evans had no clue what was going to happen when he wrote that book," Betting said.

The angel in the book gives comfort to parents who've lost a baby.

"There's hope in heaven, we'll see our children again one day in heaven so that's what I cling to and that's what I look forward to," parent Tiffany Chambers said.

Kyson, Tiffany and Adam Chambers' son was stillborn on August 2. The infant bereavement program at Altru has helped the family cope.

"It just means a lot to get together and commemorate his life and all the babies and children that have had a loss and families that have had a loss and just recognize that and celebrate that life," Tiffany said.

"It's a yearly way where they can talk about their children that they've lost. In fact the process of grief is talking about it," Betting said.

"It's nice to know there's other's in the same boat, it's not a happy thing necessarily but it is good to be able to talk with other people," Adam Chambers said.

The 11th anniversary of this ceremony reminds parents their children will always be loved and never forgotten.

The range of children remembered tonight include babies born this month to all the way back in 1926.

This year was actually the largest amount the hospital has had.

More than 100 ornaments hung from the Christmas tree for young ones.

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