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A time for TEARS

The Walk & Rock fundraiser is a walk in honor of the children who have gone too soon. Rocking chairs along the path signify the families that have lost a baby. The local chapter of TEARS is planning a second walk in June.

The Walk & Rock fundraiser is a walk in honor of the children who have gone too soon. Rocking chairs along the path signify the families that have lost a baby. The local chapter of TEARS is planning a second walk in June.

When Brenna Uline of Stillwater, suffered the loss of her stillborn son in September 2010, not only did she face the obvious heartbreak, but she was forced to make some really tough decisions.

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Last May, Brenna Uline of Stillwater held the area’s first Rock & Walk at The Crossings in Loudonville.

“I had no idea that he had passed away,” said Uline. “I heard his heartbeat on that Monday, and Saturday went into labor.”

While she was still in a state of shock and not thinking clearly, the hospital staff rushed Uline and her fiance into making difficult choices about funeral arrangements.

Uline, now 28, said nothing can prepare you for that moment.

“I called the funeral home, and they turned us away because we didn’t have the best insurance at the time, so we had him cremated,” Uline said.

Not long after, Uline found herself looking for a support group and stumbled upon TEARS, an organization founded in 2002 by Sarah Slack, a mother of a stillborn child.

The TEARS foundation works to help families who have lost a baby by providing funds to assist with the cost of burial or cremation services and providing bereavement care in the form of support groups and peer companions.

For more information, visit TEARS site at www.thetearsfound.... To contact Brenna Uline about upcoming local events or to find out how you can help, call 512-1940 or e-mail newyorkwalk@thetearsfoundation.org.

“They didn’t have a chapter in New York State yet, and I thought it would be better for me to do something productive,” Uline said. “This way I can tell people about Konrad, and I get to say his name all the time.”

Uline said she doesn’t want other people to find themselves in the same situation she was in when she lost her son, and starting a New York State chapter of TEARS was the first step in helping.

“I don’t want people to regret the decisions they have to make because they made them based on finances and not so much on what they would have preferred to do,” Uline said.

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