Riverview team dedicates Butterfly Run to residents who’ve experienced child loss

‘We are their voice today’

DOURO-DUMMER, Ont. – Riverview Manor team members participated in the five-kilometre Peterborough Butterfly Run April 30 in support of families and individuals who have experienced the loss of a child, miscarriage or infertility.

As much as the Riverview team – dubbed the Riverview Baby’s Breath – was walking the paths of the Robert Johnston Eco-Forest Trail in Douro-Dummer Township to raise money for people who have recently experienced such loss, they were also there to support some of the residents they care for, says Tammy Colman-Sadd.

Tammy, the director of care at Riverview Manor, notes there are residents of the home who know the pain of child loss, and many come from a time when such things weren’t discussed.

Some still find it difficult to talk about the loss of a baby, she adds. There are long-term-care home residents who have experienced child loss and miscarriage who never shared the trauma they went through with their surviving children, Tammy says.

Staff members sometimes learn about such trauma when residents quietly share their experiences decades later, she notes.

A bereaved mother herself, Tammy knows the pain of child loss. She also knows how important it is to talk about the grief that comes with losing a child rather than hiding it.

The Riverview Manor team’s walk was dedicated to those residents who still cannot talk about their loss.

“We are their voice today,” Tammy, who organized the walk for the Riverview team, told The OMNIway before the start of the event.

Nine Riverview Manor team members participated in this year’s Peterborough Butterfly Run. At the time of this writing, there is still money to come in and team members say they expect about $1,000 will be raised for local families and individuals.

As with the past two years, the Butterfly Run was virtual to enhance safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of having many teams participating at the same time, teams from across the Peterborough area were allowed to complete their walk or run between April 24 and May 1.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Riverview Manor team members pose for a group photo during the Peterborough Butterfly Run at the Robert Johnston Eco-Forest Trail April 30.