“God’s Providence is in all things, it’s always present.” – Saint Gianna Beretta Molla
This is a day of remembrance for pregnancy loss and infant death, which includes, but is not limited to, miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, and the death of a newborn. Oct. 15 is observed annually in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Italy and parts of Australia with remembrance ceremonies and candle-lighting vigils, concluding with the “Lights of Love” International Wave of Light, a worldwide lighting of candles that encompasses and spans the globe at 7pm. (local time) The official Awareness Colours of the cause are light pink and baby blue and are synonymous with the campaign’s awareness ribbon.
To lose a child is perhaps one of the most painful types of grief. Although death is always saddening, we can accept it more easily when it comes at the end of a long and well-lived life. To lose a child however, after a number of years; or a baby merely hours, days, weeks or months old is distressing and arduous. To suffer a still birth or a neonatal death, after carrying a child for months in the womb; whether the result of: a spontaneous abortion, an ectopic pregnancy, or a miscarriage, is also a, difficult and complex tragedy.
From Archbishop Miller
On Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day, I wish to reach out to all parents who have lost a little one, whether by miscarriage, stillbirth or soon after birth. We entrust your deceased infants, whether born or unborn, to the Father’s infinite love and mercy, confident that He cherishes your little one more than you can ever imagine, and that He comforts you in your suffering, holding you in His heavenly embrace.
Infant Loss Awareness Day
7 p.m., October 15
Gardens of Gethsemani
15694 32nd Avenue, Surrey, BC V3Z 9V1
October 15 is National Infant Loss Awareness Day. This day we remember our little ones who have gone too soon. To honour them, Archbishop Miller will be celebrating Mass at the Evangelist Chapel at the Gardens of Gethsemani. We will light up the cemetery in their honour, so please come and join us for this special mass.
Elizabeth Ministry, a Catholic faith-based ministry, is here to assist you and your family heal your heart and help you live on. Visit rccav.org/elizabeth for more info.
- Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day
In 2011, 1,810 infants died within the first year after birth and 2,818 babies were stillborn.
- Little Light of Heaven
Faith, hope & healing after the loss of a baby during pregnancy, at birth, or as an infant or toddler.
- Support for Couples and Families
Elizabeth Ministry is an international movement offering encouragement, hope and healing on issues related to childbearing, sexuality and relationships. For more information on Elizabeth Ministries and to contact a chapter in the Archdiocese of Vancouver – click here.
- Morning Light Ministry
Morning Light Ministry is a Catholic ministry for bereaved mothers and bereaved fathers who have experienced the death of their baby through ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death up to one year old.
- Back in His Arms Again
During a time of grief and pain, Back in His Arms Again is a ministry of collaborative resources providing care, compassion, faith, guidance, and support to those experiencing loss as well as those providing care. The resources provided by Back in His Arms Again are intended to lead families to resources who respect life from conception to natural death.