A Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Garden
Koch Funeral Home is happy to be partnering with Footprints in the Field to help create a meaningful Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Garden on the beautiful grounds of the Calvary Harvest Fields church off of Rt. 322 in Boalsburg. This garden is being dedicated to families and individuals who have experienced pregnancy and early infant loss.
Losing a baby affects many generations of families. The need to provide validation that these babies existed, they mattered, and are not forgotten is strong – as is the need to heal. Spearheaded by Cathy Holsing and inspired by her grandson, Josiah Emmanuel, who lived for one and one-half hours, Footprints in the Field will be a place for generations of families to reflect, mourn and heal, regardless of religious or spiritual beliefs. Situated near two ponds and landscaped with natural flora, the Garden will be full of river rocks which visitors can have inscribed to honor a lost baby and then placed in the Garden or taken home.
The dream for a Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Garden, grew from one baby’s death soon after his birth. His name was Josiah Holsing, and his loss opened his family’s eyes to the community of families all around them who have experienced the same kind of sorrow.
Calvary Harvest Fields generously donated land for the garden, which is located on a portion of their grounds in Boalsburg. This space, which is located near two ponds and overlooks fields and mountains, is a peaceful place where people can spend time remembering and honoring their child.
A small team of community members came together to develop a vision to have the area landscaped with a variety of plants and trees, a gazebo and benches, and a rock garden.
Grieving families will be encouraged to select one of the rocks to have engraved with the child’s name or other wording of their choice. If they wish, they can choose to leave the rocks in the garden to create a special place for reflection and remembrance for all who visit.
The garden will be a welcoming place for any grieving family member regardless of the circumstances surrounding the loss of their child, or their religious world view.
Your Support & Donations
To financially support the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Garden, visit the Footprints in the Field website www.footprintsinthefield.org or to learn more about making a tax-deductible gift, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fundraising Efforts & Updates
We welcome your continued support to help Footprints in the Fields in their ongoing mission to create their Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Garden - a place for generations of families to reflect, mourn and heal.
Winter 2023 - Updates
This is a six-night, online gathering for parents/couples who have experienced pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or early infant death. The group is led by a certified spiritual director, celebrant, and end-of-life doula and a former group participant.
When: Thursdays, January 26 - March 2, 2022
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Please RSVP here or for more information visit their website www.footprintsinthefield.org.
Fall 2022 - Updates
October 15 is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. You can participate in the International Wave of Light by lighting a candle at 7 pm local time to remember all babies gone too soon. Keep your candle lit for at least one hour to create a continuous “wave of light” covering the entire globe!
This is a six-night series for parents/couples who have experienced pregnancy loss, stillbirth or early infant death. The group is led by a certified spiritual director, celebrant and end-of-life doula and a former group participant. Please RSVP on their website or Facebook page.
October 5 was a beautiful evening as we came together for our Remembrance Ceremony. We gathered in the gazebo to remember, reflect, honor and maybe even heal a little. The babies' names were spoken followed by the ringing of a singing bowl. It was a liminal space for those gone too soon. Thank you to everyone who supported this special ceremony.
Join us for a Remembrance Ceremony to honor Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Month. We will gather at the Footprints in the Field Garden on the beautiful grounds of Calvary Harvest Fields in Boalsburg and spend time together remembering the pregnancies and infants we loved and lost. All are welcome regardless of religious or spiritual beliefs.
Spring 2022 - Updates
Thank you for your continued support!
Footprints in the Field was overwhelmed with the support they received during the 36-hour online Centre Gives event. Click here to
see the results of your support!!
We would love your support!
Centre Foundation's 36-hour online giving event is set to begin on May 10 at 9 am and conclude on May 11 at 9 pm. This event is designed to support the great work of local nonprofits serving Centre County.
They are also eligible to win a $500 prize if you are able to give a donation during the Blaise Alexander Pit Stop Power Hour! The small organization with the most unique donors from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm on May 10 will win an additional $500, thanks to Blaise Alexander Hyundai Mazda of State College!
Koch Funeral Home is working in partnership with a group of community members in an effort to raise money for Footprints in the Field: A Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Garden.
To support their mission and donate during the online giving event visit their website www.footprintsinthefield.org.
As we approach Mother’s and Father’s Days, this is a time to honor those parents who have experienced a pregnancy or infant loss, whether the loss was recent or decades ago. Together we’ll nurture our hearts, spend time in nature and reflect. If you’ve experienced this loss or know someone who has, you are invited to join us at this healing space.
When: Sunday, May 1, 2022
Time: 3:00 to 5:00 PM
Where: Footprints in the Field, Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance
Garden, Harvest Fields, 150 Harvest Fields Drive, Boalsburg
Winter 2021 -Updates
Phase Three - Complete
On Giving Day, November 30, 2021 Koch Funeral Home launched Phase Three of the Footprints in the Field fundraiser. Thank you to those of you who helped raise $2,886.79! To support their mission visit their website www.footprintsinthefield.org, Facebook page or Instagram page @FootprintsintheField!
Donations can now be made directly on the Footprints in the Field website. Visit www.footprintsinthefiled.org!
Fall 2021 - Updates
National Day of Giving was a great way to kickoff the Footprints in the Field Phase 3 Fundraiser. Thank you to those of you who provided support! All donations help grow the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Garden. Help them reach their goal this holiday season!
Join us in supporting Footprints in the Field's Phase 3 Fundraising Campaign! Please help them on their way to completing the community Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Garden. We are kicking off this campaign on Giving Day, November 30, and with your continued support, they can reach their $6,325 Phase 3 goal this holiday season! To give visit gofundme.com.
Footprints in the Field has launched their new website, be sure to visit www.footprintsinthefield.org.
We had a beautiful evening on October 6, for the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Ceremony at Footprints in the Field. As part of the ceremony, we lit individual candles while speaking our babies' names and collective candles representing Remembering, Grief, Courage and Love.
A Remembrance Ceremony to honor Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Month will be held at the Footprints in the Field Garden on the beautiful grounds of Calvary Harvest Fields in Boalsburg. Together we will remember the pregnancies and infants we loved and lost. All are welcome regardless of religious or spiritual beliefs.
Summer 2021 - Updates
Phase Two - Complete
On July 15, 2021 Koch Funeral Home launched Phase Two of the Footprints in the Field fundraiser. Thank you to those of you who helped raise $1,350.00!
Spring 2021 - Updates
Phase One - Complete
Koch Funeral Home kicked off their fundraising efforts on Giving Tuesday, December 1. Thank you to those of you who graciously participated! Because of donors like you, Phase One is now complete!! Footprints in the Field raised $10,000 which will allow them to purchase a new gazebo and begin the creation of the remembrance garden.
Please help us reach their goal!