Did you know that having ways to commemorate your baby’s life in a meaningful way can help with the healing process.

Did you know that having ways to commemorate your baby’s life in a meaningful way can help with the healing process.

To those that have experienced the death of a precious baby, please accept our deepest sympathies. While there is nothing that can take away the pain and sadness, we hope you will find that time does help soften the grief and make it more manageable. But how can you remember your baby in a way that is meaningful?

We are often told that having opportunities to commemorate your baby’s life in a meaningful way can help with the healing process. When you are ready, we hope you will consider participating in First Candle’s Legacy Program.

FIRST CANDLE IS HONORED TO OFFER FOUR WAYS TO REMEMBER YOUR BABY:

MEMORIAL GIFTS

Any donation made in your baby’s name

  • There is no limit on how much or how little can be raised.
  • Financial donations can come from friends or families or companies. Also, an event that raises less than $5,000 is considered a “Memorial Gift”
  • Your child’s name will be listed on First Candle’s website.
  • All income raised will be set aside to fund specific First Candle Education Projects.

MEMORIAL EVENTS

Money raised through a special fundraising event.

  • The minimum amount raised that qualifies to be an official First Candle Memorial Event is $5,000.
  • Your child’s name and photo and a photo of the event will be listed on First Candle’s website as a unique way to remember your baby.
  • All income raised will be set aside in a special “First Candle Research and Programs” Fund.
  • Examples of events include walk-a-thons, races, softball games, angel-day parties and golf tournaments. First Candle can give you the tools and the information to set up an event that will both honor your little one and make a difference for years to come.

FIRST CANDLE’S PARENT RESEARCH AND PROGRAMS COMMITTEE

Parents who pledge to host a Memorial Event for 5 years are invited to join our Parent Research and Programs Committee.

  • All of the funds raised through Memorial Events in a calendar year will be pooled together.
  • The First Candle Parent Research and Programs Committee will meet annually to make recommendations on what SIDS, SUIDS and STILLBIRTH research and educational programs will be funded with the Memorial Funds raised that year.
  • Working with First Candle’s Medical Directors and Staff, the First Candle Parents Research and Programs Committee will request submissions of high quality abstracts that meet our standards of cutting edge or novel research, investigations, programs and approaches.
  • This year’s Parent Research and Programs Committee will meet in New York City on Thursday October 23, 2014.
  • Committee members will be offered a free ticket to the First Candle Annual Gala. This year the gala is in New York City on Wednesday October 22, 2014.

 

NATIONAL TREE OF HOPE MONUMENT

The Tree of Hope is a permanent tribute to the thousands of babies who have died, representing our loss and our love in a way that nothing else can. As envisioned by artist and sculptor Sandy Werfel, the Tree of Hope features leaves in burnished copper for girls and brass for boys as well as a carved walnut trunk. Large foundation stones support the Tree of Hope at the base, and blossoms of life and wings of peace are interspersed among the leaves.

This year, the National Tree of Hope Monument will be displayed at First Candle’s Annual Gala at 409 East 59th Street in New York City on October 22, 2014.

Please feel free to direct any questions about how to best remember your baby to Debbie Felts at debbie@firstcandle.org or 443-640-1049.

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