'Wave of Light' vigil remembers lost children

'Wave of Light' vigil remembers lost children

TIFTON, GA (WALB) - A candlelight vigil in Tifton helped families grieve the loss of babies during pregnancy or at birth.

"A little living being that meant something and I don't want her to be forgotten," said Anna Jones, Mother.

Anna Jones is one of many mothers and friends to light candles during the "Wave of Light" Service, remembering loved ones loss during pregnancy, birth or infancy. Three years ago, Jones' daughter died when she was 13 days old.

"I found out at 32 weeks pregnant that I had a baby who had Trisomy 13, which is "incompatible with life" they said," said Jones.

October 15th is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.

"Statistically one and four pregnancies end in miscarriage, infant loss of some sort," said Kathy Moneypenny, Bereavement Coordinator/Chaplin for Hospice of Tiftarea.

It can be a devastating loss for families.

"It keeps them from moving forward because a lot of families work at having a family and when they lose a child they lose a part of their family," said Moneypenny.

"It's often hidden. It's something that people don't feel comfortable talking about," said Deacon Leeann Culbreath, St. Ann's Episcopal Church. "We as a society don't want to talk about it."

Culbreath says the vigil is a support system.

"That others have gone through the same kind of loss and have found ways to move forward in their lives, but have also found ways to remember their children," said Culbreath.

"It's something that takes time, but it's nothing that you ever get over losing a child," said Jones.

Hospice of Titftarea will hold their 2nd annual "Walk to Remember" in the Spring.

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