Wings of Mine held a virtual ceremony commemorating Infant Loss Awareness Month last night. Izalee Lizama, Co-founder of Wings of Mine spoke about the support group, her personal experience and the support to other parents.
Izalee Lizama, Co-Founder, Wings of Mine: “It has like everything else in life when it hits your door that’s when it really impacts you the most and that’s what it did with me. I could not imagine that having that support that I had what brought me through my process of letting go and moving on in my life and I thought that I needed to help not only myself but also help other people and in that process I would be helping myself in healing. So that’s why I decided to have this group which is a bunch of ladies. Of course it’s all team work and it’s not been easy. You know in Belize we are the Caribbean people we think about having pregnancy, having a miscarriage, having a preemie, having going through all these losses and it’s just a cause of well it’s over forget about it.” but that’s not the case. The men as well as the female it’s a mental thing, it impacts their life, it impacts their workplace, their relationship with either a friend or a family member and it’s painful and some people just need more help than others and that’s where we come in.”
Lizama says that they are hoping to get more support from the public.
Izalee Lizama, Co-Founder, Wings of Mine: “Well we expect people to support us more. I mean it’s been three years. Like I said it was not easy doing, we first started off with a Facebook page, we now have an Instagram page and we also have a website so it’s been an up and down proces and one step at a time but we’re definitely getting there and we want the awareness to be out there that they do have a place that families, parents, friends, mothers, fathers can come to and join other women in this experience with their loss to know that they’re not alone. We are not professionals but we have referrals so they can meet professionals if they need more care in their mental state or if they can’t cope with the loss.”
Lizama says this is their third annual event.