Candlelight Memorial Service Helps Families Heal After Infant Loss
The Fargo-Moorhead chapter of "Share," a pregnancy and infant loss support group, will hold its annual candlelight memorial service for family and friends on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Hope Lutheran Church, 3636 25th St. S., Fargo.
The service is open to anyone who has been touched by the loss of a baby during pregnancy, birth or infancy.
"This grief is very real and deeply felt, but often it's not well understood or accepted by our culture. The candlelight memorial service can help the healing,"says Wendy Iwerks, child life specialist at MeritCare Children's Hospital. In 1999 she and her husband, Randy, experienced the loss of their daughter McKenzie. She was just three days old and had a severe heart defect.
"The sadness was profound," says Wendy. "Connecting with others and sharing the grief journey made a real difference for us. The candlelight memorial service was a turning point."
The nondenominational candlelight memorial service provides an opportunity for families to support each other and share remembrances with others who have had similar experiences. Speaker at this year's service is Brenda Houts, a mother from Detroit Lakes, Minn., whose powerful story carries a message of hope, healing and comfort.
For more information about the candlelight memorial service or the Fargo-Moorhead chapter of Share, please call (701) 234-7500. Share receives funding from the Children's Miracle Network and is coordinated by MeritCare Children's Hospital.