Vidant Medical Center joins world in Wave of Light for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day
The Daily Reflector
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Vidant Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital Light Tower changed from blue to white on Monday night, joining people around the world honoring those who have experienced pregnancy or infant loss.
The light tower change was a symbolic part of an event called the “International Wave of Light” on Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.
The event, which was hosted locally by the VMC Women’s Services and the James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital, featured light refreshments and heartfelt remarks from mothers and loved ones who have experienced the pain of losing a child during or shortly after their pregnancy.
The dozens of attendees were greeted in the VMC Women’s Healing Garden, where opening remarks were made by Vidant team members.
“Tonight we come together as a family and a community to acknowledge and remember these tiny lives that touched each of us forever,” said Susan Foster-Dixon, manager of Labor & Delivery.
The poem “Oh Precious, Tiny, Sweet Little One” also was read as attendees lit a ceremonial white lantern in remembrance.
At sunset, the group moved outside near the Children’s Hospital Light Tower to give personal words of remembrance and view the light tower officially change to white. Attendees embraced loved ones and Vidant team members as they honored more than 25 babies gone too soon.
The occasion also was a chance for people with similar experiences to come together and share their stories with others who understand the pain they feel.
Angela Still, administrator of the Women’s Center, said building a support network for families who have suffered from pregnancy or infant loss is, in addition to holding a day of remembrance, an important part of the healing process.
“Sharing your pain with others who have had a similar experience helps individuals cope,” she said. “It is important that we acknowledge and remember these precious babies who are not with us and provide families love and support.”
Vidant Medical Center offers, “Tender Hearts,” a support group for families experiencing pregnancy or infant loss, at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the Vidant Wellness Center. For more information, call 847-4819.