Wave of Light: Infant and Pregnancy Loss Memorial

Every life no matter how fragile or brief. . . forever changes the world.

 
 
In honor of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, WellMama invites you to the Wave of Light, a worldwide infant loss memorial ceremony to honor the short lives of babies who left this world too soon. The Wave of Light is an opportunity for parents to decorate a lantern and gather together at Hendrick Park, in Eugene to remember the little ones who are no longer with us, surrounded by family, friends, and supporters.
 
 
We will have an activity area for little ones to create something in remembrance for their sibling(s).

 

Not able to join in-person? Watch our live broadcast 

Who should participate?

This event is not just for parents who have experienced loss – it is for all community members who want to show support for the loss community. Join us as we light a candle to remember each baby gone too soon. Your donation to WellMama helps us expand our support services for grieving parents, including support groups, text support, and remembrance cards. Your message to bereaved parents shows that they are recognized and loved by their community. 

We Remember and Honor

Register Below to have your baby included in the ongoing remembrance.

A particular date that holds meaning in your journey. If there is more than one please list them.

 

You are not alone

Peer Text Support: 541-525-0495

 

 

About Remembrance Day

 

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day is a day of remembrance for pregnancy loss and infant death, which includes miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, or the death of a newborn. It is observed annually on October 15th in the United States and Canada and, in recent years, the United Kingdom and parts of Australia.

 

The Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Movement began in the United States in 1987. On October 25, 1988, American President Ronald Reagan designated the entire month of October 1988 as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. The October 15th Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day (PAILRD) Campaign began in 2002 as an American movement started by Robyn Bear, Lisa Brown, and Tammy Novak. Together, they petitioned the federal government, as well as the governors of each of the 50 states, and by October 15, 2002 (the first observance of PAILRD), 20 states had signed proclamations recognizing the date as such. As a result of the American campaign effort, Concurrent Resolution 222, Supporting the goals and ideals of National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day was passed in the House of Representatives on September 28, 2006. To date, all 50 American states have yearly proclamations, with Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, New York, Rhode Island, and South Dakota adopting permanent proclamations. (Source)

 

About Wave of Light

 

The day is observed with remembrance ceremonies and candle-lighting vigils, concluding with the International Wave of Light, a worldwide lighting of candles at 7:00 p.m. The International Wave of Light invites participants from around the world to light a candle in honor of PAILRD, starting at 1900 hours on October 15 in their respective time zones, and to leave the candle burning for at least an hour. The result is a continuous chain of light spanning the globe for a 24-hour period in honor and remembrance of the children who pass away during pregnancy or shortly after birth. (Source)

“When a child loses his parent, they are called an orphan. 

When a spouse loses her or his partner, they are called a widow or widower. 

When parents lose their child, there isn’t a word to describe them.” 

-Ronald Reagan, October 1988

Make a Donation in Remembrance
/