UPCOMING MEMORIAL OFFERS REMEMBRANCE FOR BABIES LOST BEFORE, JUST AFTER BIRTH

Candlelight Vigil

By WVUA 23 Reporter Grace Campbell

October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. On Oct. 15, the Black Warrior Community Action Team is having their first candlelight memorial in honor.

The day is recognized worldwide in remembrance and honor of babies who left their families’ lives too soon because of miscarriage, stillbirth or sudden infant loss. Parents, friends and their supporters are invited to come out to Snow Hinton Park to join the lighting of candles.

Registration begins at 6 p.m., the program begins at 6:30 p.m. and the lighting of the candles will be at 7 p.m.

Javelin Lewis, co-chair of the event, said it helps show those suffering that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

“It’s hard,” Lewis said. “It’s really hard, but you get through it and this event is going to encourage others in more than just putting awareness out. It’s going to encourage people, to let them know that in this hardship right now, there’s some joy on the other side of this.”

The event is part of the International Wave of Light, a nationwide event honoring families dealing with the loss of a baby. Learn more at starlegacyfoundation.org.

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