Please join us on Sun., June 1, 2014 for the Infant & Child Memorial Service & Teddy Bear Tea at St. Matthew’s Parish – 16079 88 Ave., Surrey, BC (Canada).
The Memorial Mass will start at 2:00 pm and the “Teddy Bear” Tea & Social hosted by St. Matthew’s Parish, Elizabeth Ministry and CWL will follow.. ALL are welcome, including children.
Please. email Ann, Elizabeth Minister at St. Matthew’s R.C. Parish firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
“Light of Life” by Libby Dulac
Prayers will be included for parents & family members who wish to celebrate and honour the lives of children gone-too-soon, including toddlers and infants, as well as babies who have died during birth and pre-born babies lost during pregnancy.
*If anyone is interested in bringing snacks to share, that would be much appreciated!
Click here for more information about past Infant & Child Remembrance Services.
After the loss of a child, any holiday that begins with the word “Happy” makes people stop and think about whether or not they want to greet a bereaved mom or dad. Mother’s Day isn’t “happy”, Father’s Day isn’t “happy” and birthdays, especially the birth dates of the beloved child who has passed is not a “happy” date for most of us. The solution for most is to just ignore the person and date completely. What good will it be to bring it up and make that person sad?
I get this reasoning, I really do. But what happens is the mom or dad may feel isolated and alone, angry that no one cares enough to acknowledge the child that they are grieving. Another bereaved mom shared this blog post and wow, does it make sense.
I’ll admit, before I lost my precious baby boy, I too was at a loss for words. Although I’ve walked this journey of grief for the last five years, it is STILL difficult to figure out how other bereaved moms and dads will react if I acknowledge this not-so-happy occasion. My “go to” phrase is this “I hope you have a gentle Mother’s Day…I’m thinking of you and (insert name of child here).
Hugs to you all,