Thursday, October 7, 2010

Remembering service Oct. 15

Outdoor ceremony for grieving parents
A bereaved mother prays at her infant son's grave in Rachel's Garden.  Not all families can visit the resting place of their babies for various reasons. This photo was taken at Gardens of Gethsemani by Jason Crombie, father of baby Keaton Dominic who died at birth Jan. 16, 2009.
A remembering service will be held for parents and family members grieving the loss of pre and neonatal babies who have died. This outdoor ceremony will be at 1:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 15 at Langley Lawn Cemetery, 4393 208 Street, Langley.  Families will be sharing short speeches, as well as special commemorations.  Participants are invited to bring flowers, poems or readings they would like to share at the "Baby Tree." Recognizing that not all parents have a place to memorialize their babies, a special marker has been dedicated to these children.  For more information, please call Susan at 604-575-0313.  Presented by Mourning Mothers.

Oct. 15 is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.  Please say a prayer and light a candle. On this day, candles all around the world will be lit at 7 p.m. for one hour in an INTERNATIONAL WAVE OF LIGHT in memory of babies lost to stillbirth, miscarriage, pregnancy complications and SIDS.  This day has been officially recognized in the United States, as well as in a number of other provinces such as New Brunswick, Manitoba and Nova Scotia, but not yet in B.C.

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