October 15th – How You Can Help

You are all invited to the October 15th Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day memorial service (details here https://mabbat.wordpress.com/october-15th-memorial-service/).  If you can’t come but would like to participate, here are a few ways you can help:

PRAY!!  Pray that women and families who need healing will come to this event and find comfort and acceptance.  Pray that those who need help and/or counseling will have the courage to ask for it through our registration cards.  Pray that God will use this time to draw people into relationship with him.

Light a candle.  And tell someone why you’re lighting it.  There is an “official” Wave of Light you can participate in by lighting a candle on October 15th at 7:00 p.m. in whatever time zone you live in and letting it burn for an hour, the idea being that there is a continuous wave of light that begins that evening and covers the whole country as an act of remembrance.   Even if you haven’t lost a baby, if you read this blog, you know someone who has.  Given that 10-15% of all acknowledged pregnancies end in miscarriage, and some estimates put the actual number at 40% of all pregnancies (March of Dimes statistics), you know someone else who has lost a child this way.

Give back.  Donate time, supplies or money to an organization who is working to save lives, like Sav-A-Life (www.savalife.org).  Or a non-profit foster care and adoption agency, like Agape (www.agapeforchildren.org).  I mention these because I have friends who work for both of these agencies, and they do a lot of good work in the local community.

There are lots of ways to help out even if you can’t or don’t want to attend an event.

October 15th Memorial Service

October 15th is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.  If you live in the Birmingham, Alabama area, I would like to invite you to a memorial service at Oak Mountain State Park (Bluejay Pavilion 10:30 am).  I won’t repeat everything I just added to the page, so look to your right and click on “October 15th Memorial Service” under the Pages tab.  I am also (I think) posting the publicity flyer at the end of this post, so please print it out and invite anyone you know who might be interested.  If I do it right, there will be both a PDF and a Word 2010 file.  I would love for anyone who reads this blog to come, whether you have experienced a pregnancy or infant loss or not.  You have been a tremendous support for me, and I would love for you to share in this special time of remembrance.  If nothing else, come later and bring a picnic lunch – we have the pavilion reserved for the whole day.


October 15th Flyer

October 15th Flyer (PDF)