International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

preginfantlossHow might churches support parents and family honour their babies? What prayers and resources are available (just beginning to assemble some resources). 

15 October is International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. On this day, parents and families across Australia honour their babies who passed away from miscarriage, stillbirth or postnatal causes.

To lose a baby is an agonizing heartache we wish no one would have to go through. If you have lost a baby, you are not alone: 1 out every 4 Australian women has lost a baby, too. Many bereaved parents find that being able to honour their babies on 15th Oct helps them on their journey to overcome the grief.

The International Wave of Light takes place on 15th October every year. To join in, “simply light a candle at 7 pm on 15 October, in remembrance of your baby, and leave it burning for one hour. Together with parents all over the world, you will create a continuous wave of light around the globe — in honour of all of our babies whose precious lives were cut too short. Participate this year, and find our how very special and comforting it is”.

Poems for stillbirth here.

About admin

Rev Sandy Boyce is a Uniting Church in Australia Minister (Deacon) in placement at Pilgrim Uniting Church, in Adelaide CBD (12 Flinders St). This blog is mainly to resource worship planners for our services, but of course may be useful for others. We have some great writers of music, words for hymns and liturgy at Pilgrim, so this blog also includes their words.
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