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Niskayuna cemetery creates space to remember stillborn children

[KAYLA GALWAY / GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER] Maureen McGuinness stands with the Angel of Remembrance, a new memorial dedicated to stillborn babies, at the Most Holy Redeemer Cemetary in Niskayuna on Tuesday, August 6 2013.
Photographer: Kayla Galway
[KAYLA GALWAY / GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER] Maureen McGuinness stands with the Angel of Remembrance, a new memorial dedicated to stillborn babies, at the Most Holy Redeemer Cemetary in Niskayuna on Tuesday, August 6 2013.
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Mary Beth Durkee of Troy recalls the funeral of her stillborn son, John Gerard, with a sadness tempered by time. There was a little white casket and a small ceremony in the garage at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Troy, held there because the ground was already starting to freeze. It was 1976, a year when stillborn babies were talked about in hushed tones, if at all. “The doctor had said nothing to me about having ...

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