Wave of Light is a time for families who’ve experienced infant loss and miscarriage to share in their sorrow and support each other. Wave of Light is an international event, recognized in six countries.
This year’s event is held on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Jamestown.
“Thirty years ago, if families experienced a miscarriage or infant death, they were told to forget it,” said Renae Lunde. Lunde is a registered nurse at Jamestown Regional Medical Center’s Family BirthPlace. She is also one of the event’s organizers. “Today, we encourage families to grieve in the way that best fits them.”
Wave of Light occurs each year on Oct. 15.
Emily Woodley, manager of the JRMC Family BirthPlace, has seen firsthand those affected by infant loss and miscarriage.
“Renae Lunde has done an incredible job spearheading the Wave of Light service to provide an opportunity for healing to those who have lost a baby or pregnancy,” Woodley said.
The event includes a short walk and balloon release at 6:30 p.m. A candlelighting ceremony and blessings for families will take place at 7 p.m. If families need support year-round, they may contact the Jamestown TEARS Child Loss Support Group or the Jamestown Area Grief Support Team.
The Jamestown Area Grief Support Team is a group of volunteers who offer to support those who grieve. The group organizes regular educational events and support groups to the community.
The Jamestown TEARS Child Loss Support Group offers support for bereaved families who have experienced the loss of a child.
For more information on Wave of Light, call 952-4807 or visit october15th.com. For more information on the Jamestown Area Grief Support Team, call 952-9358 or visit JAGST.com. For more information on Jamestown TEARS, call (417) 522-3594 or email Regina Olson at firstname.lastname@example.org.