Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day Wave of Light Ceremony

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September 23, 2021

PARK RAPIDS, MN (September 23, 2021) – CHI St. Joseph’s Health will be hosting a virtual Wave of Light Ceremony for those in the community who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss.  The candle lighting service brings together those who have grieved the loss of a child in a ceremony of unity.

The Wave of Light Remembrance is observed annually in the U.S. on Oct. 15. It is a day of remembrance for pregnancy loss and infant death, which includes but is not limited to miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS or the death of a newborn. The ceremony seeks to ease the pain of families who have lost a child by offering another means of acknowledging and remembering a deeply loved and missed family member.

The Wave of Light Ceremony will unite friends around the globe in lighting candles for one hour to honor the memories of the sons, daughters, brothers, sisters and grandchildren who left too soon. As candles are lit, hundreds of thousands of persons will commemorate and honor the memory of all children gone too soon. The continuous chain of light encompasses and spans across the world and around the globe for a 24-hour period illuminating the night in love and light in honor and remembrance of our children.

Locally, the ceremony will be held on Friday, October 15, at 6:45 p.m., virtually on CHI St. Joseph’s Health Facebook Page. The remembrance will feature a virtual memorial service with music, readings and a candle lighting.  Please join us in the observance of National Pregnancy Loss and Infant Loss Awareness Day. Rsvp’s not required, but in order to receive a candle and have your baby’s name read during the lighting ceremony, please register by Monday, October 11th.

For more information or to RSVP to the Wave of Light Ceremony, please contact Julie Nicklason, CHI St. Joseph’s Health Med/Surg/OB Director at 218.616.3266.

About CHI St. Joseph’s Health

CHI St. Joseph’s Health is a 25-bed critical access hospital serving communities in Hubbard, Becker, Cass and Wadena Counties since 1946. In recent years, CHI St. Joseph’s Health’s award-winning teams received several national honors including: The Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures in surgery; Top 100 Critical Access Hospital, HealthStrong; WomenCertified’s America’s Best Hospitals Women’s Choice Award in obstetrics; and the Studer Group Fire Starter Healthcare Organization of the Month among other national, regional and state recognitions.

About CHI

Catholic Health Initiatives, one of the nation’s largest health systems, was formed in 1996 to strengthen the Catholic health ministry for the future. With deep roots in the tradition of expressing Christ’s love by caring for those in need, Catholic Health Initiatives serves more than four million people each year through acute care hospitals; long-term care, assisted and residential-living facilities; community-based health services; home care; research and development; and reference laboratory services.


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CHI St. Joseph’s Health
600 Pleasant Avenue
Park Rapids, MN  56470

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