October 9, 2021 * 11:30 am * International Peace Gardens
All families can pick up their star/moon and hang them in the arbor. Pick up your pre-purchased merchandise and then find a place to sit in front of the stage.
Welcome: Claudine Hatch
Song: Berlyn Prince performs: ‘Jealous of the Angels’ written by Donna Taggart
Poems: Josh and Brooke Ahlberg
Songs: You’ll Never Walk Alone written by Marcus Mumford, Rainbow written by Kacey Musgraves
Name Reading By: Claudine Hatch
Dove Release: Blanksma Family
Leading us in our WALK: Ahlberg Family
Emcee: Claudine Hatch, President, Share Parents of Utah
Claudine Hatch first found out about Share Parents of Utah when she lost her first baby girl in June 2004. She attended support group meetings regularly and eventually began volunteering as a way give back and heal her heart. Share is very near and dear to her as she has served in various capacities over the years. In addition to her loss, she is mother to four living children. She is a teacher, crafter, camper, and lifelong learner, and lives with her family in Eagle Mountain.
Music: Berlyn Prince
Berlyn Prince loves to sing. She has been an elementary school teacher for almost 9 years, and currently teaches third grade. In her free time, she likes to play guitar and sing. She also likes to paint and do embroidery. Most of all, she loves to travel and explore new places.
Dove Release family focus: Adam and Tawnya Blanksma
Adam and Tawnya Blanksma were so excited to welcome their second son Collin into the world, and give their firstborn, Owen a brother. With broken hearts, they said hello and goodbye at the same time, as Collin was born Still, on July 18, 2020. They felt so lucky that Share came to support them at the mortuary during the middle of a pandemic. “We were able to create precious memories of our family with Share’s help. We have found so much healing through volunteering with Share.” Tawnya shares. Although he is gone from this world, Tawnya has been able to continue to parent Collin, by helping others through Share’s social media posts, and has been the Board Treasurer for the 2021 year.
Walk focus family: Josh and Brooke Ahlberg
Josh and Brooke met in Dallas, where their life began. In 2014, a career opportunity brought them to Park City, UT. In 2016, The Ahlbergs knew they wanted to start a family but did not know the road ahead of them. There were fertility challenges, but they were successful with getting pregnant in July of 2017. In November of 2017, at their 20-week ultrasound, they received the news that would change the path of their lives forever. Their son was diagnosed with Encephalocele. At 21 weeks, their son was born, and they had the privilege of being there when Pax Carlin Ahlberg took his first breath and his last. It was then that the Ahlberg’s were introduced to Share Parents of Utah. The couple said, “We knew we wanted to find some gratitude to make sense of this heartbreaking journey we were on. We learned quickly that Share Parents of Utah would be a permanent part of our lives. We wanted to do what we could with the organization to continue healing and honor Pax Carlin by serving others. We are so grateful for the courageous, selfless, beautiful people who are a part of this organization.” The couple welcomed their rainbow baby, Jackson Harley Ahlberg, in January 2020. In January 2021, Brooke and Josh are a husband/wife team that facilitate the Share Parents of Utah support group meeting in Park City. They understand that Dads can get lost in the grief process and want to provide a safe place for Dads and couples to come and not feel so alone.
We ask that for the safety of others you remain seated until your section is dismissed to start the walk. After the walk, you are invited to take photos near the Name Wall banner, Share tree, your baby’s star/moon and visit our merchandise tent (all purchases help keep Share Parents of Utah in the business of serving and supporting families throughout Utah. We also invite everyone to take their moons/stars, enjoy a light refreshment and make a new friend.
Thank you for sharing your day with us! Don’t forget to bookmark sputah.org for upcoming events and resources. Text: (855) 407-3205 to receive event and support meeting reminders.
New in 2021, we have added a Spanish Zoom support meeting, a Park City meeting hosted by Josh and Brooke as well as our 6 other meetings! Check the calendar to see when the next meeting is.
October 15 International Wave of Light
We invite you to join with us October 15 at 7pm local time. October 15 is International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day and is recognized across the world where you join with other families, worldwide, and take part in the global Wave of Light. Wherever you happen to be, simply light a candle at 7pm local time and leave it burning for at least 1 hour as we remember all babies that have died too soon. This can be done individually or in a group, at home or in a communal space. Wherever you do this, you will be joining a global Wave of Light‚ in memory of all the babies who lit up our lives for such a short time.
This year we’re also inviting you to join a digital Wave of Light at 7pm local time on October 15. To be part of this take a photo of your candle and post it to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using #WaveOfLight at 7pm local time. #WaveofLight202, #SPoUweremember, #ShareParentsofUtah, #26thAnnualShareWalk, #PregnancyandInfantLossAwareness, as well as your baby’s name(s).
October 23, Shopping Extravaganza at Traverse Mountains in Lehi
Purchase your ticket today and ALL proceeds will benefit Share Parents of Utah. One-day savings offers, desserts, drinks, entertainment, swag bag and a chance to win more than $30,000 in gift cards.
December 1-4 Festival of Trees
This year the festival returns with a hybrid approach. Some events will be held online and others will be held at the Mountain America Expo Center located in Sandy, Utah. CLICK HERE for up-to-date information.
You still have time to get your personalized Keepsake/Take-Home and Festival ornaments. Each year we give you the opportunity to add a keepsake ornament to your Christmas tree as well as have your baby represented at the Festival of Trees. By purchasing a second ornament, at a deeply discounted price, it’s an opportunity you don’t want to miss! Ask any of our families how much it means when they attend the event and stand in front of a tree that represents their baby and you will witness precisely how meaningful it truly is. Not everyone can beautifully decorate a tree, cover all the costs it takes to do so, and then donate it to a great cause. We at Share Parents of Utah figured out a way to not only raise money for two notable causes; our organization, as well as Primary Children’s Hospital, but also turn it into a very very tender and meaningful experience for over 100 Share families each and every year. Seeing a tree decorated with ornaments representing and adorned with 100-200 angel babies’ names is equally heart-wrenching and incredibly touching to say the least.
2021 will mark Share Parents of Utah’s 7th year participating in the event. Over those seven years we have helped raise $17,161 from the sales of our donated trees. A remarkable representation of all our babies stand in six, going on seven, beautiful homes each and every holiday season. This year is the 51st Annual Festival of Trees benefitting Primary Children’s Hospital. Even if you do not participate in our tree, make sure you stop by and honor each and every baby who it represents.
This year’s ornament blends perfectly with our 26th Annual Walk for Remembrance and Hope theme: “I Love You Past The Moon And Miss You Beyond The Stars”
Each ornament is a gold ring adorned by greenery, purple berries, frosted tips and a gold bow. For your take-home ornament you get to choose from one of three words: 1) Faith 2) Hope or 3) Love and your baby’s initial will hang from that word backed by a shiny star. Ornament measures approximately 6.5″x8″ and is available at our Merchandise Boutique tent as well as our website shopping cart. Limited quantities of each word apply-do not delay in securing yours today.
December 6 The Christmas Box Angel Statue Candlelight Ceremony
The Christmas Box Angel Statue was introduced to the world in the book The Christmas Box, a worldwide bestseller and hit television movie by author Richard Paul Evans. In the book, a woman mourns the loss of her child at the base of an angel monument. Though the story is mostly fiction, the angel monument once existed but is speculated to have been destroyed. The new angel statue was commissioned by Richard Paul Evans, in response to reports that grieving parents were seeking out the angel as a place to grieve and heal. The monument was dedicated on December 6, 1994-corresponding with the date of the child’s death in The Christmas Box. (Coincidentally, Dec. 6th is celebrated in many parts of the world as Children’s Day).
On December 6th of each year (7 p.m. MST) a candlelight healing ceremony is held at the base of each Christmas Box Angel monument. After a few remarks, a moment of silence, and the lullaby of a children’s choir, the attendees are invited to leave a white flower at the base of the angel statue. The public is welcome and each year you will find many Share families in attendance. There are many statues throughout Utah including: Salt Lake City, Spanish Fork, Eagle Mountain, Vernal, St. George, Ogden, and Westpoint (this may not be a complete list-please visit http://www.RichardPaulEvans.com for more information).
Thank You: We want to extend our sincerest gratitude to our Share volunteers for their countless hours of selfless service spent in honor of their babies- from hospital companionships, support meetings, workshops, social media, service projects, administration and all of the behind the scenes work that makes this organization run. The work and mission of Share Parents of Utah are successful only because of the dedication of these women and men. Your babies will absolutely never be forgotten.
We extend appreciation to the following groups/businesses for their services and generosity at this years walk.