The International Wave of Light
The International Wave of Light is an annual event that takes place on Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day, October 15. Candles are lit around the world in all time zones at 7:00pm and they remain lit for exactly 1 hour. As the candles are extinguished at 8:00pm the next time zone is lighting their candles and the wave of light continues as a symbol of the light and love of our children filling the world. Parents, family and friends are encouraged to light candles in memory of their children. One of the most meaningful gifts that a loss parent can receive is knowing that their child is being remembered. This simple gesture touches their heart and assures them that they are not alone.
About the Event
Team Mercy, A Memory Grows, MEND and Holy Sews are coming together to bring the Wave of Light to Dallas Fort Worth as a public gathering and memorial. Three locations will be hosting the Wave of Light to allow as many participants as possible to gather with a community that understands the journey of grief that surrounds the death of a child. The Wave of light is a free event and is open to the entire community. To see photos of last year’s Fort Worth Wave of Light Celebration, please click here: Photo Album
**Everyone who is attending should plan to bring a candle enclosed in glass to be lit during the ceremony. This can be a prefilled votive or a glass jar such as an old spaghetti sauce or jelly jar with a candle placed inside. You are welcome to decorate your candles before arriving so that each child will be represented in a beautiful and unique way.
The Wave of Light will begin promptly at 6:30pm with an introduction of the event, a book reading and three stories from parents who have experienced loss due to miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss. At 7:00pm the candle lighting will begin.
DFW is home to several unique organizations that exist to offer presence, comfort, hope and companionship on the journey of grief to parents and families who are grieving the death of their child. Please click the links below for more information on each of these organizations.
Fort Worth, Texas
Tarrant County Courthouse Steps
100 East Weatherford Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76196
Denton County Courthouse
110 W. Hickory Street, Denton, Texas 76201-4116
MEND Garden of Hope on the grounds of Calvary Church
4401 North State Highway 161, Irving, TX 75038