Walk To Remember: Coping With Infant Loss

October 4, 2012 Updated Oct 4, 2012 at 9:27 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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October 4, 2012 Updated Oct 4, 2012 at 9:27 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - On Sunday, October 7th, many grieving families are taking part in the annual Walk to Remember, finding comfort and recognizing the children who are no longer here, but who will never be forgotten.

Christine Scott was only a couple months into her pregnancy with her second son when something went terribly wrong. She became very sick, and she and her unborn baby went on dialysis to survive. They lasted a month before her baby died.

Christine says she never received the support she desperately needed after losing her son. Jacob Wesley Scott would never grow up or meet his older brother.

WNY Perinatal Bereavement Network board member Lynn Weissman says more than 800-thousand infants die every year in this country and says the implications are lifelong if the families affected don't address the loss.

The network has grown over the years, reaching out to grieving families with the Wings of Love Memorial Fund, that helps pay for a baby's burial, and with a program that provides stuffed animals and books for siblings.

Scott says, "People think they can't talk about the baby who died. They shouldn't be afraid. We just want to get the word out that people don't need to be afraid."

For more information on this year's 20th Annual Walk to Remember on Sunday, October 7th at Cheektowaga Town Park and a Memorial Service being held on Monday, October 15th at Acacia Park in North Tonawanda, click on News Links.