Plans for our 2nd Annual Rainbow of Roses Remembrance Celebration are underway!
Location - check!
Live music - check!
Guest Speakers - check (but need one more)
Activities for kids - check!
300 floating candles - check!
We are very excited about this year's event as we intend for it to send a message of hope to bereaved parents and families. We want to show everyone that while the pain of losing your child never goes away, it can live concurrantly with real and pure joy. We want everyone who has not lost a child to learn that they don't have to "leave us alone with our grief" or that they shouldn't "bring up our child for fear of making us upset." We want everyone to remember our angels and to know that it is ok to talk about them and to ask us about them...even if they never took a single breath in our own arms.
This year's remembrance will be held on Saturday, October 17th, 2009 beginning at 4pm with the candle lighting starting at 6:30pm. It will be at Milton Park in Alpharetta, GA which is at the corner of Mill Creek and Cicero Drive. It is a beautiful private park on a pond which will be set aglow with 300 floating lanterns!
Here is a link to our website where you can download the flyer, email it to all of your friends and family or for a modest $10 donation you can sponsor a candle for an angel. This event is NOT a fundraiser. It will always be free to attend and will always be free to include your angel.
We also have had great support from the Perinatal Loss Department at Northside Hospital, where the girls were born. They have included our Foundation as a support resource on their website and have included all the information about the Rainbow of Roses. They are also doing a remembrance, but on October 18th. Theirs is a Walk to Remember, guest speakers, and a balloon release. I am hoping to attend this since our event I will be "working" so it will be nice to remember Zoe as an attendee, where someone else is working :)
Please pass this along to everyone and anyone you know...this remembrance is in honor of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness so any loss suffered at any point during pregnancy, stillbirth, SIDS, neonatal or infant death is acknowledged. Thanks so much, we hope this year will be a great success and bring comfort and healing to other bereaved families.