Hospice of Chattanooga will be observing the National Month of Remembrance for Pregnancy & Infant Loss with a candlelight memorial service on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church, 4300 Locksley Ln.
Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. and services will begin at 6:15 p.m., with a reception to follow. Anyone who has been through the death of an infant during pregnancy or after birth is invited to participate in this free service in honor of those who they have lost.
The candlelight memorial service is sponsored by the Perinatal and Pediatric Program at Hospice of Chattanooga, also known as Kangaroo Kidz, which is the only such service in the Chattanooga area, officials said.
“The loss of a loved one is painful under any circumstance.
But losing an infant or suffering a miscarriage brings its own unique grief to a mother and the family,” said Susan Latta, director of grief counseling for Hospice of Chattanooga. “Our hope is that the memorial will not only honor these babies but also assist these families with their healing.”
October was designated National Month of Remembrance for Pregnancy & Infant Loss in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan and is now observed internationally.
For more information about the memorial service, contact 423-805-7005 or visit hospiceofchattanooga.org