US Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Events
Bereaved Mother’s Day – First Sunday of May each year
Rainbow Baby Day August 22 each year
Opportunity to celebrate babies born living after a loss and acknowledging the completion of the difficult journey that is pregnancy after loss.
Baby Loss Awareness Week (2nd week of October each year)
International Wave of Light– October 15 each year (Lights of Love)
Niagara Falls NY Turns Pink & Blue for PAIL Awareness Month October 15th each year
Pink and Blue Awareness Project by The Cooper Project
The Cooper Project leads a Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness campaign each October called the Pink & Blue Awareness Project. “The Pink and Blue Awareness Project started in Rochester, NY in October 2017 by Jen Chappell, owner of The Cooper Project. She began by making only a few bracelets asked her family and friends wear them during the month of October to honor her son, Cooper, and all of the other babies who sadly did not survive. These few bracelets turned into over 400 bracelets. As the word spread, more and more people wanted a bracelet and some even began to make and give away bracelets themselves…In 2020, the Pink and Blue Awareness project shipped out over 24,400 bracelets! We honored over 230 babies and had over 250 volunteers. Bracelets were sent to every single state across this US this year for the first year ever! We also donated to 47 businesses and charities and 41 medical practices/hospitals. ”
You can volunteer to support the project here or order bracelets for your family, event attendees, or medical staff here.
October 8th, 2022: A Walk To Remember by Franciscan Health, Indianapolis (Beech Grove, IN)
Register for the event here by September to make sure your baby/babies name(s) will appear in the program and be read at the event.
Purchase merchandise or a memorial sign for your yard or along the walk path here by September 23.
Held annually in October, the Walk to Remember is a time when families from all over Indianapolis come together to remember and celebrate the life of their baby who has died. Some families may have recently lost a baby. Other families have been coming on this special day for years.
All your family and friends are welcome to come. Dress is casual – whatever is comfortable for you. The walk is held rain or shine, so think about the weather! There is a ceremony at the park as part of the day. You can stand during the ceremony or sit on the grass. Some people bring a blanket or chairs to sit on.
Before the walk begins, you sign in and pick up a program booklet and free bracelet charm, and you write your baby/babies name(s) on a piece of paper to be sent up into the sky during the ceremony.
After sign-in, the whole group walks together to a nearby park. The street is soon filled with families, strollers, and wagons. It is a short distance to the park but if you have family members that cannot walk, you can drive and park there. Along the walk, you will see signs bearing the names of the children of the bereaved. These signs can be purchased before the event during early registration in August-September. After the walk is over, you can take your sign home.
At the park there is a ceremony that lasts about 45 minutes. It is filled with music, readings, and a dove release. If you have requested your baby’s name to be in the program, it will be read out loud during the ceremony. If your baby’s name isn’t in the program and you would like to have it read with the rest of the babies, ask when you sign in at the registration table.
After the ceremony, families often linger, talking to each other or just enjoying the park.
Saturday, October 15- 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm Global Wave of Light- Local Community Candlelight Ceremony (Indianapolis)
Saturday October 22, 2022: Light the Night by Riley Maternity Tower (Indianapolis, IN)
Join Riley Children’s Health Pathways Bereavement Services as we Light the Night October 22, 2022 from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm at our candle lighting ceremony and memorial for individuals and families who have experienced the loss of a child/children through miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death. At our event, you can find a community of fellow bereaved families as well as the organizations and support resources dedicated to supporting them through their grief. Following the memorial, there will be a silent auction and light refreshments for 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm.
Attendance is free.
Memories to Hold Christmas Memorial by Franciscan Health Indianapolis
The Christmas Memorial is held each December in place of the monthly support group. The service is held in the chapel at Franciscan Health Hospital, Indianapolis. A candlelight memorial, music, singing, and an ornament to take home are all part of the service. A time for fellowship with other families over light refreshments follows the service.
Community Health Network Christmas Memorials
Community Hospital North
“The Christmas Memorial is held on the first Thursday of December in place of the December support group. The service is held early in month so families can remember their baby and not feel guilty about enjoying the season. Families may send in a note, poem or anything they would like to add to the memorial book that is printed to take home.
The service is held at Mount Comfort United Methodist Church. A candlelight memorial, music, singing and an ornament to take home are all part of the service. They also have goodie bags for the kids to keep them busy during the service. A time for fellowship with other families over refreshments follows the service before going home. Our hope is to create a time of remembrance for your family.”
Community Hospital South
“The Christmas Memorial is held in early December. Please join us with your family for this time of remembrance.”
Community Hospital East
“Patients of Community East are invited to attend the Community North and Community South memorials. Please choose which location and date works best for you.”
Community Hospital Anderson
“Community Anderson offers an annual Christmas memorial service in December, held at Loose Funeral Home. A candlelight memorial, music, singing and an ornament to take home are all part of the service. A time for fellowship with other families over refreshments follows the service before we go home.”
Loose Funeral Home
200 W. 53rd Street
Anderson, IN 46013