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Local support group for grieving families

Posted at 6:15 PM, Mar 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-14 18:06:13-04

Eight years ago, Vivian Jimenez was 34 and a half weeks pregnant and she knew something wasn't right.

Jimenez's doctor sent her to Women and Children's hospital for an ultrasound.

"There was nothing, it was just silent," she said.

On April 28th, 2008, Jimenez gave birth to her first child, a baby girl, who was still born. Her name was and will forever remain, Isabella Moon. 

"You learn to live this new life where you're faced with the reality that you are a mom but you have nothing to show for it," Jimenez said.

Six years after the death of Isabella, Jimenez wanted to help other families going through the same devastating loss as she and her husband, Eric.

She created the organization, Butterfly Moon, to support grieving western New York families experiencing the loss of a child.

Jimenez and volunteers host fundraisers to purchase supplies for these memory boxes, books as well as raise money for the Butterfly Kiss Fund to help struggling families give a proper burial or service for their little one.

Upcoming events include:

 - Cards for a Cause, which runs throughout of March

- Volunteering at the Buffalo Marathon on May 27th

-  Vendor event and basket raffle on October 20th

-  Meat Raffle on February 10th

- Memory Box Making event on May 12th

This April, Isabella would have been 10 years old, so Butterfly Moon is honoring her with a butterfly release.

"She will live on and all of our babies will live on if we celebrate them," Jimenez said.

Jimenez and her husband have a rainbow baby, named Charlotte; a rainbow baby is on that's born following a miscarriage or still-birth. Charlotte will be eight this month.

For more information about Butterfly Moon, click here.

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