The theme for Lexington Medical Center's memorial service on Sunday, October 23, 2011, was "A Time to Remember". At the beginning of the service, parents were invited to come forward, choose a flower from a selection laid out on a table, and add it to a vase in memory of the baby or babies they had lost - a visual reminder that they are not alone in their grief. Several personal stories followed, and then a song called "A Cradle of Wings", a CD of which was given to each parent there. The service concluded with a ceremony by a fountain outside where parents were given glass beads to represent their tears. They were encouraged to toss one "tear" in the fountain where the sunlight would transform their "tears" into sparkles of beauty.
Thank you, Lexington Medical Center, for valuing the children who went before us, and for reaching out to their parents and loved ones left behind!
Community Memorial Service this Sunday
There will be a memorial service to honor and remember babies lost at any stage of pregnancy or early infancy this Sunday afternoon (10/23/11). It is open to the community and will be held in the auditorium at Lexington Medical Park (2728 Sunset Blvd) at 4:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Pastoral Care Office at Lexington Medical Center. For more information, and to RSVP, contact the Pastoral Care Office at 791-2033 or e-mail Donna Peele at email@example.com. Please RSVP if you are going to come to ensure enough refreshments and other supplies are provided for the ceremony.
In honor of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, I want to share a poem that my friend Jessie wrote in memory of her baby, Jordan. Picture the broken pieces of glass in a mosaic...
A tiny broken body
Inside a broken womb.
Too many broken pieces
For our child to grow and bloom.
With hearts now bruised and broken
Sometimes it is hard for us to see,
But in all these broken pieces
There is such great beauty.
For a beautiful soul now sits
In the presence of God above,
Where all these broken pieces
Are perfected in His love.
Thank you, Jessie, for your lovely words and the reminder that our babies are perfected in heaven. Blessings on you as you remember Jordan today.
The Naomi's Circle Pregnancy After Loss Support group will meet tonight at Spring Valley Baptist Church (91 Polo Road, Columbia, SC) at 6:30 in the new educational building (by the lower parking lot). You don't have to "sign up", but if you e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, we will know to look for you.
New Facebook page!
Naomi's Circle is now on Facebook! Look for our page by searching for "Naomi's Circle." Then "like" us to have us show up on your newsfeed. We have a new posting every few days, often a link to another website dealing with the topic of pregnancy and infant loss, or a reminder about an upcoming support group meeting or other event.
Please "like" us and spread the word so other parents, especially in the South Carolina Midlands, can find support in this journey.
The Heart and Hands Memorial Walk is THIS SUNDAY at Riverfront Park, from 3:00 to 4:30. See our Events tab for more detailed information. It is a brief quarter-mile walk and a meaningful memorial service.
Naomi's Circle News
Here you will find articles intended to help you in your journey. Some will be reviews of websites and books. Some will be devotionals, some general articles, and some will be guest bloggers. Feel free to comment and let us know if there is something you would like to see addressed here.
Week 1: Devotional
Week 2: General article about loss
Week 3: Testimony/guest blogger
Week 4: Website/book Review