What is the International Wave of Light?
The International Wave of Light is an annual event that takes place on Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day, October 15. Candles are lit around the world in all time zones at 7:00 p.m. and they remain lit for exactly 1 hour. As the candles are extinguished at 8:00 p.m. the next time zone is lighting their candles and the wave of light continues as a symbol of the light and love of our children filling the world. Parents, family and friends are encouraged to light candles in memory of their children. One of the most meaningful gifts that a loss parent can receive is knowing that their child is being remembered. This simple gesture touches their heart and assures them that they are not alone.
Where will the ceremonies be held?
Multiple locations will be hosting the Wave of Light to allow as many participants as possible to gather with a community that understands the journey of grief that surrounds the death of a child.
Irving - REGISTER VIA LINK BELOW
M.E.N.D. Garden of Hope on the grounds of Calvary Church
4401 North State Highway 161
Irving, TX 75038
For questions regarding this location, contact Rebekah Mitchell at email@example.com
Carrollton/North Dallas - REGISTER VIA LINK BELOW
Mary Heads Carter Park
2320 Heads Lane
Carrollton, TX 75006
For questions regarding this location, contact Allison Dauteuil at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jennifer Kuncl JenniferK@holysews.org
Fort Worth - CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS LOCATION
Tarrant County Courthouse
100 E Weatherford St.
Fort Worth, TX 76196
For questions regarding this location, contact DeAndrea Dare at DeAndrea@amemorygrows.org
What time will the ceremony begin?
Please begin arriving at 6:30 p.m. for fellowship, visit the partner booths, and to setup your lawn chairs/blanket. We will begin the ceremony at approximately 6:50 p.m. and begin lighting candles at 7:00 p.m. The ceremony will include an introduction of the event, a book reading and three stories from parents who have experienced loss due to miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss.
Is there a cost to participate in the Wave of Light ceremony?
There is no cost to attend one of the North Texas Wave of Light ceremonies.
Can family, friends and children attend with me?
Yes, the event is open to the entire community and is an excellent opportunity to invite family and friends to remember with you.
Do I need to bring my own candle?
Yes, but we will have a few extras.
What should I bring?
Please bring a candle to light in memory of your baby. We will have a few extras, but not enough for everyone.
The event is hosted outside. You are welcome to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on during the ceremony.
What if the weather is bad?
Wave of Light will be held rain or shine. We will make social media posts that day regarding an alternate location in case of bad weather.
Is this a religious service?
No, this is not a religious service. Grief is grief. We welcome secular and faith based families grieving the loss of their child. We will observe times of silence.