Angels of Hope to hold remembrance

'Light Up the Night' set for Oct. 13

CHANNAHON – Angels Of Hope, a nonprofit group from Coal City, invites area families to participate in the second annual “Light Up The Night With Hope” remembrance ceremony Oct. 13 in Channahon.

The event is held each October in recognition of “Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month” and all area families who have suffered a pregnancy loss, stillbirth or death of an infant are encouraged to attend.

In October 1988, President Ronald Reagan declared October as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month saying, “When a child loses his parent, they are called an orphan. When a spouse loses her or his partner, they are called a widow or widower. When parents lose their child, there isn’t a word to describe them.”

The ceremony, held at Community Park in Channahon, will begin promptly at 6 p.m. Lighted balloons will be released into the night sky while each baby’s name is honored and read aloud.

Balloons will be available for purchase on the day of the event at the cost of $10 each or 3 balloons for $25. All proceeds will benefit Angels of Hope, which stands to serve as beacons of hope for anyone dealing with the emotional or physical absence of a child.