PREGNANCY & INFANT LOSS REMEMBRANCE DAY
OCTOBER 15, 2020
7:30-9:00 PM | Kechi, Kansas
(a few minutes north of wichita)
A NIGHT OF HOPE
The Wave of Light Remembrance Drive will be held on October 15th, 2020, on Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day, in Kechi, Kansas (a few minutes north of Wichita).
Bereaved families will participate in this community "socially distant" candlelight vigil by driving through a quarter mile light display with an LED candle (provided to them) on their dashboard.
The roadside light display will feature 500 “Wave of Light” poles twinkling in blue, pink, and white lights in memory of all of our babies in Heaven.
This Remembrance Drive, organized by Bridget’s Cradles, will replace the organization’s annual event, Wichita Wave of Light, in order to offer a safe gathering experience for bereaved families in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The beautiful drive-through display will feature over 50,000 lights
in memory of babies who have gone to Heaven.
Each baby’s name will be read for families to hear as they drive through the angelic rows of light and remember and celebrate their sweet baby’s life.
This is a free event for families who have experienced pregnancy or infant loss. Family and friends are welcome to attend. A giving opportunity will be present at the event.
Wave of Light t-shirts are also available for purchase online.
We will light up the night together in remembrance of our babies gone too soon.
A special night of hope & healing
CLOSED for 2020
1. What precautions/rules do you have in place to keep the Remembrance Drive safe during the pandemic?
All guests must stay inside their vehicles during the Drive.
Our volunteers will wear masks and use hand sanitizer when interacting with guests.
All guests (other than children) must wear masks in their cars when interacting with our volunteers at the drive-up check-in table at the beginning. Masks are not needed while you are driving in your car through the event route.
The Drive will be a one-way route directed by the City of Kechi police.
2. Is the Remembrance Drive event free?
Yes, the Remembrance Drive is free. There will be an opportunity to give to support the mission of Bridget's Cradles so please feel free to bring cash or a check to donate to comforting bereaved families.
3. Do I have to be there at the event start time?
No, the Remembrance Drive is meant to be a come & go event at your convenience any time between 7:30 pm and 9:00 pm! Feel free to come at any time during this window!
4. Do I have to be a bereaved parent or family member to attend?
No, the Remembrance Drive is open to friends and family to support bereaved families. Bridget's Cradles volunteers and community members are also welcome to attend.
5. Do I need to register in order to attend?
Yes, you need to register in order to receive a confirmation email with a map, specific driving instructions, and additional details about the event. You will be given information on how to have your baby's name read at the event. You will also help us prepare for the event by allowing us to know a more accurate number of cars we can expect! You will also then be connected to our organization by email so we can send you pictures and videos after the event and let you know about future events.
6. Can I drive through the event more than once?
In order to allow everyone wanting to attend the Remembrance event the opportunity to drive through and to keep the direction of traffic flowing through the route, we ask that each car only drive through once.
7. T-SHIRT FAQ
How do I order a t-shirt? How will I get it?
You can order your t-shirts here! They are $20/shirt + flat rate shipping. We also have youth, toddler, and infant sizes available for siblings to wear.
T-shirts will be shipped directly to you!
What is the deadline to order t-shirts?
In order to receive your shirt in the mail before the event on the 15th, you'll need to order by October 1st. However, the t-shirt order form will stay live after the 1st and you can order them anytime before or after the event until October 31st. All t-shirts will be shipped directly to you.
Do I need to order a t-shirt in order to attend the event?
You do not need to order a shirt in order to attend the event. They are meant to supplement the event / October Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness/Remembrance month.
Can I order a t-shirt even if I am not attending the event?
Yes! We would love for you to! Even if you do not plan to attend the event (e.g., you live out of state), you can buy a t-shirt! We designed the shirt to not be specific to the Remembrance Drive so that anyone participating in the Wave of Light anywhere in the country can have one for October 15th / October Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Month.
8. Light sponsorship FAQ
We are no longer accepting light sponsorships at this time. The deadline of October 9th has passed.
Thank you and we look forward to doing this again next year for Wave of Light 2021.
THank you to our
In memory of
Eva Grace Price-Coulter
& Her Siblings in Heaven
In memory of
Jack Monroe Siegrist
In memory of
Ellowyn Grace Marie
Alley Investments, LLC
Kechi Business Park
Taylor's roadhouse in memory of
Noah, Lake, Lawson, & Crew
special thanks to
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 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