On Friday, October 15th, 2021, the Massachusetts Chapter of The TEARS Foundation hosted a virtual Facebook Live ceremony to participate in the International Wave Of Light. The Wave of Light honors Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day each year on October 15th. Participants were encouraged to submit their babies' names in the beginning of October so luminaries could be decorated and displayed in honor of all babies gone too soon during the 10/15 ceremony.
The International Wave of Light started in 2003 and invites baby loss families, friends, and community members from around the world to join in remembrance of all babies gone too soon on October 15 at 7:00 pm in all time zones. Lighting begins at the International Dateline in the first time zone. Illuminations and candles remain lit for at least one hour, moving through each time zone as the Wave of Light travels around the globe. The result is a continuous chain of light spanning across the world for a 24-hour period, illuminating the night in love and light in honor of the babies we miss each and every day.
Participants shared their photos of candles lit at home along with the babies' names they were honoring in our virtual ceremony. We also received pictures from Worcester, Boston, and Lowell showing the Kenneth Burns Bridge, the Longfellow Bridge, the Zakim Bridge, and the Crosspoint Building lit up pink and blue for Pregnancy and Infant Awareness Day.
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