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 for the 3rd year to present the Wave of Light in Dallas Fort Worth as a community event to celebrate and remember our babies. 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 open to the entire community. This is not just a religious service. Grief is grief. We welcome secular and faith based families grieving the loss of their child. We will observe times of silence.
**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. If you forget your candle, we will have a few extras.
Please begin arriving at 6:30 p.m. for fellowship, visit the partner booths, and to setup your lawn chairs/blanket. We will begin the ceremony at approximately 6:50 p.m. and begin lighting candles at 7:00 p.m. The ceremony will include an introduction of the event, a book reading and three stories from parents who have experienced loss due to miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss. Wave of Light will be held rain or shine. We will make social media posts that day regarding an alternate location in case of bad weather.
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 Wave of Light has been moved:
First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth
800 West 5th Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
The Wave of Light will be held in Wesley Hall. There is a direct entrance into Wesley Hall from the outside courtyard of the church. We will have volunteers to direct you. There is ample parking directly across the street on 5th Street.
Mary Heads Carter Park
2320 Heads Lane
Carrollton, TX 75006
MEND Garden of Hope on the grounds of Calvary Church
4401 North State Highway 161
Irving, TX 75038
To see photos of last year’s Fort Worth Wave of Light Celebration, please click here: Photo Album
To Register for the Carrollton and Irving Locations please click here: https://www.mend.org/dfw-wol
Please fill out this form to register for the Fort Worth location!