New Superior garden gives grieving parents a chance to heal

New Superior garden gives grieving parents a chance to heal
Published: Jul. 21, 2022 at 6:06 PM CDT
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SUPERIOR, WI -- A new Children’s Memorial Garden in Superior offers a quiet place for people to mourn loved ones lost too soon.

Katelyn Baumann helped come up with the idea for the garden eight years ago.

Superior Children's Memorial Garden
Superior Children's Memorial Garden(KJBR 6/CBS 3)

She says she was inspired by the grief her family went through after losing a child in a miscarriage.

“A baby born after a miscarriage is a Rainbow Baby, so I’m a Rainbow Baby,” Katelyn said. “So I do a lot of this work for [my parents] for that baby I didn’t get an opportunity to meet.”

After Thursday’s dedication ceremony, their vision finally blooms in Billings Park.

Superior Children's Memorial Garden
Superior Children's Memorial Garden(KBJR 6/CBS 3)

Katelyn hopes it will be bright spot for those in a dark place.

“It’s so critical we bring voice to this kind of grief so it reduces isolation so folks know there’s many people to talk to,” Katelyn said. “They can come to this spot and reflect on their child’s life and have a beautiful moment of recollection and remembrance.”

Katelyn’s father, Patrick Baumann, says he’s incredibly proud of his daughter for helping give Twin Ports residents a meaningful place to reflect.

“To talk to people, and say ‘I get what your going through and I feel your pain.’ Then you move forward and you can help each other. That’s community,” Patrick said.

We’ll share the full story on the KBJR 6 news at 10 p.m. Thursday.

Organizers hope people will come to the garden and grieve together, no matter how old the person they’re grieving was or how they died.

The Blooms Brothers will maintain the garden.

You can also purchase a brick and have it engraved in someone’s memory.

For more information on how to donate a brick or volunteer, you can contact Children’s Memorial Garden Representative Katelyn Baumann by email at katelynbaumann@gmail.com

Superior Children's Memorial Garden
Superior Children's Memorial Garden(KBJR 6/CBS 3)

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