'Wave of Light' Ceremony Returns in Remembrance of Pregnancy and Infant Loss

Humboldt General Hospital’s Mother and Baby Unit hopes to ease the pain of those who have experienced the loss of a pregnancy or an infant.

October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, and October 15 marks each year’s “Wave of Light Ceremony,” a candle lighting service that brings together those who have grieved the loss of a child in a ceremony of unity.

At 7 p.m. in all time zones, candles are lit and kept burning for one hour, creating a 24-hour “wave of light” as it moves around the world in reverence of beloved babies who are dearly loved and forever missed.

For the second time this October 15, Humboldt General Hospital will bring the ceremony to Winnemucca, adding one more link to the chain of light that encompasses and spans the globe.

HGH OB Nurse Tiffany Andersen will once again oversee the event. She said the local ceremony offers another means of acknowledging and remembering pregnancy loss and infant death, including miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, or the death of a newborn.

“This ceremony illuminates the night in love and light,” said Andersen. “It’s a chance for grieving parents to come together and to be surrounded by love and support from their friends and families.”

She added, “We want to help give our parents a place to express the grief and love they continue to experience long after everyone else forgets.”

The local ceremony will be held beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 15, at the base of Pioneer Park, near the statue commemorating the loss of this community’s “angels.”

The remembrance will feature a memorial service with music, readings, candle lighting and refreshments. All community members are invited to attend to offer support to grieving parents and families. All candle lighting supplies will be provided.

For more information or to RSVP for the Wave of Light Ceremony, please call Humboldt General Hospital’s Mother and Baby Unit at (775) 623-5222, ext. 1268.

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