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The Wave of Light Festival 2013

lantern-and-apple-1024x682[1]On Tuesday 15th October, National Pregnancy and Baby Loss Awareness Day, Chesterfield Sands and Big Budda films invited all bereaved families to a special Wave of Light event in our beautiful Never Land baby memorial garden at Brimington Crematorium. Families were invited to start the evening by decorating personal memory tags to be hung later during the event. The event itself began with a beautiful lantern parade, following a candle lit path to the Never Land Garden. The garden was lit up with candles, fairy lights, lanterns and solar lights which gave it a beautiful and magical feel. At 7pm, after a short introduction, the main Wave of Light candle was lit by Chesterfield Sands Chair, Nicky Whelan and everyone was then invited to light their own candle from the main Wave of Light candle. There were a selection of poems read out beautifully by bereaved parents. A one minute’s silence was upheld and two songs from local singers were sung after being written especially for the event. The garden featured a beautiful apple shelter where families could write and hang the beautiful tags they had made with dedications to their babies written on them. There was also a fire spinning spectacular show and all guests were invited to join us for refreshments and spend time sharing their stories, experiences and babies with each other.

crowd-candles-2-1024x682[1]The evening was filmed by Big Budda Films as a special part of their documentary film on stillbirth – Still Born, Still Loved. This special event brought together all the families featured in their film, along with their friends and relatives. Our local bereaved families were also invited to come along, celebrate and remember all babies at this sad, emotional yet beautiful event.

I would like to say a massive thank you to Debbie, Polly and Colin from the Still Born, Still Loved documentary for organising such an amazing event, and for involving us in something which is so important to us in helping to break the taboo on baby loss and raising awareness of the subject, our group and all bereavement support and charities. Thank you also to the Chesterfield and District crematorium bereavement services, the staff of which have been amazing to us in every way, in everything we do and who are responsible for the Never Land baby memorial garden being here today.

For more details on the Still Born, Still Loved film, or to read their blog about the Wave of Light event please follow the link below:

http://stillbornstillloved.co.uk/2013/10/19/wave-of-light/

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