PREGNANCY & INFANT LOSS REMEMBRANCE DAY
sun, OCTOBER 15, 2023
6:30 PM | WICHITA, Kansas
Beech lake | 13th & WEBB
A NIGHT OF HOPE
Join us on October 15th for a community candlelight vigil and water lantern release amongst a light display featuring over 50,000 pink, blue, and white lights in memory of our babies in Heaven.
This is a free event for families who have experienced pregnancy or infant loss and their friends and family.
A special night of hope & healing
We will walk through rows of beautiful lights together and hear our babies’ names as we release water lanterns onto the lake.
United in our heartache, we will light up the night together in remembrance of our babies in Heaven.
Together, we will grieve with HOPE!
Spread the Word
Download our event flyer (and share it with your friends, or post it at your work or church)
Watch the highlight films from our past
Wave of Light events
THank you to our
In loving memory
Bridget Faith Opliger • Jack Monroe Siegrist
Markley Babies • Alan Monroe Tregoning
Eva Grace Price-Coulter and Her Siblings in Heaven
Parker Kaiser • Cooper Dean Anderson
Charlie, Cooper, and Camden Horton
Talia Weaver • Sloane Eloise Steinhilpert
Sarah Evelyn Willis • Thomas Stephen Ondrovich
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 International 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 earth for a 24-hour period in honor and remembrance of the children who pass away during pregnancy or shortly after birth. (Source)