Sweet Pea Project remembrance gathering Oct. 15 in Lititz Springs Park

By on October 10, 2018

October is many things to many people, but for those who have experienced the death of a baby during pregnancy or infancy, it is the month set aside to raise awareness.

One in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage. One in 160 pregnancies end in stillbirth. 26,000 babies are stillborn in the U.S. each year, and 19,000 die within their first month of life. Another 20,000 infants die before their first birthday. This leaves behind a devastating amount of broken hearted families. Local nonprofit Sweet Pea Project stands beside them in their sadness.

“There is beauty in the gathering together of similarly broken hearts,” said Stephanie Cole, Sweet Pea Project founder. “It is a salve, this time of remembrance. There is poetry in the ritual. And it is time, once again, to devote a short, sweet evening to the children cradled within our hearts.”  

On Monday, Oct. 15, Sweet Pea Project will hold its ninth annual remembrance gathering in observance of National Remembrance Day for babies who have died during pregnancy or infancy. Bereaved families are invited to return to Lititz Springs Park, where they will be writing short messages to lost children on candles, and floating them down the flower-lined stream, illuminating the waters with the love that forever flows between families and children.

Lititz Springs Park is located at 24 N. Broad St. in Lititz. Guests should arrive at the park from 5:30 and 6 p.m. to ensure enough time to personalize candles. Names will be read as the sun sets, around 6:20 p.m, with musical accompaniment by guitarist Bobbi Carmitchell and cellist Ashley McFalls.

Valerie Smith of Grace Photos will be capturing the evening. Panera Bread will be providing free cookies, cocoa, and coffee to guests. Donations are never required but are always welcomed.

For more information, and to register for this free community event, visit sweetpeaproject.org/remember.

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