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'Wave of light' expected tonight

'Wave of light' expected tonight

Monday 15 October 2018

'Wave of light' expected tonight

Bereaved parents will light candles tonight in memory of their babies and infants who have passed away.

At the end of Baby Loss Awareness week the Guernsey branch of the charity is also reaching out to parents who have been affected by a child's death and who may need support.

The weekend weather affected some of the charity's plans though, with the planned Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Walk which was due to be held yesterday, having to be cancelled due to the heavy rain and strong winds.

It had been planned so parents and children, and other family and friends, could walk to the Fairy Ring to celebrate their babies, with some quiet moments planned for reflection as well as refreshments.

Tonight's 'light a candle' initiative is going ahead, with some support from one of the island's most prominent buildings.

The national 'Wave of Light' is held between 19:00 and 20:00 on 15 October, in honour of all babies who have died.

St James will be lit up in pink and blue in honour of the occasion this year. In a post on the SANDS Facebook page, the charity described it as "fantastic news" which will "mark this important day in the calendar for all bereaved parents, their families and friends to honour those babies who have died.

"Guernsey can now proudly join the other locations on the light up map supporting this fantastic cause. 

"We hope you take a moment when seeing this local iconic building being lit up to think of the local and nationwide baby loss community.

"We cannot thank St James enough for enabling this to happen."

Guernsey Sands hosts regular meetings in the island and fundraises for initiatives which support bereaved parents and their families and friends.

One project was the baby memorial garden at Le Foulon which Guernsey Sands helped to organise as well as pay for.

Pictured top: We're asked to light a candle between 19:00 and 20:00 tonight in memory of babies and infants who have died. 

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