Remembering those who have lost children on Mother's Day

LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Mother's Day can be an exciting day for many.

But for others, including those who have lost a child, it can be a day full of many emotions.

10/11 NOW spoke with a Lincoln mother who lost her son two years ago, when she was just 25 weeks pregnant.

She says a program at a local hospital made the grieving process a little bit easier.

Like many other moms, on Sunday Nikki Shasserre celebrated Mother's Day with her seven kids.

But one of them was not there physically.

"We found out at 25 weeks, that our sons heartbeat had stopped, when we were at an ultrasound,” said Shasserre.

In March of 2017, Nikki learned she wouldn't be bringing her son Simon, home.

She delivered him at CHI Health St. Elizabeth, where she was introduced to a program called BRIDGES.

"The BRIDGES program is one group that lets you talk about your baby. They don't forget about your baby,” said Shasserre.

The goal of the program is to support families and babies through the grief journey of losing a child.

"Those whose children are with them, and those whose children are no longer with them, your baby matters and continues to matter, and we are honored to take care of you. And we are there for you,” said BRIDGES Coordinator, Elizabeth Jacobs-Fitzgerald.

After Simon died, she received molds of his hands and feet along with a bear made from his blanket.

But also support.

"Telling you that, we haven't forgotten, it means everything, it is very healing,” said Shasserre.

While there is a sense of sadness, she is blessed to have her six other children, including three-month-old twins.

"There is though a peace and a healing that comes in knowing that I will see him again some day in heaven,” said Shasserre.

Nikki says on Sunday they remembered Simon at church and visited the cemetery.

And for any other moms who have lost a child, she says she wants you to remember, no one has forgotten.