Light­ing a can­dle to re­mem­ber ba­bies

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News -

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.

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