Lighting a candle to remember babies
At 7pm on Monday 15 October, bereaved parents and wha¯nau from around New Zealand will be lighting a candle in memory of babies who have died.
The flame will burn for an hour, starting a 24-hour International Global Wave of Light honouring the lives of babies and infants.
The date marks the end of Baby Loss Awareness Week, from October 9 to October 15 each year and ends with International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day and the Global Wave of Light. The week provides an opportunity for parents, families and wha¯nau to gather and remember the lives of babies who have died. It is also an opportunity to highlight the work of Sands, a voluntary organisation offering peer support to those who have experienced the death of a baby, no matter what the baby’s age or gestation.
Cathy Buntting, convenor of Sands Taupo¯, says Sands recognises that the death of a baby often has a significant and lifelong impact on the lives of parents and their families, and that they must be supported through recognition, acceptance and acknowledgment of their diverse experiences of loss.
“For each family, a lifetime of remembering lies ahead. Mostly this is done in silent agony. It can feel like the wider community has very little understanding of the depth of the pain. That’s why Baby Loss Awareness Week is so important.
“Baby Loss Awareness Week offers families an opportunity to publicly acknowledge the babies and children we didn’t get to watch grow. To the community, we say they are loved and remembered. To one another as bereaved parents and families, we say that we are not alone. To our babies and children, we say that we miss you and we love you.”
The candle-lighting service is from 6.45 pm at St Andrew’s Church Lounge, Titiraupenga St, Taupo¯ on Monday, 15 October.
Contact Cathy on 022 066 4887 for further information. All are warmly invited.