SGM Day of Remembrance and Hope 2015

YOU ARE INVITED….


SGM Day of Remembrance and Hope 2015
October 10, 2015
9:00am to Noon
Deshler Elementary School
221 E. Maple St.
Deshler, Ohio 43516

REGISTRATION FORM BELOW…please register to include your baby’s name whether attending in person or in spirit.
Information about registering whether you are attending in person or from afar to have a candle lit in your baby’s memory as well as how to submit a photo is found in the last few paragraphs of this section. :)

October is pregnancy and infant loss awareness month. If you have lost a baby or child an any age, you’re invited to join us for a day of Remembrance and Hope on Saturday, October 10, 2015.

We wanted the day to be filled with not just remembrance, but hope and celebration of the lives of our babies. So, we are planning some special activities that are family friendly as well as some activities that are quieter for parents/grandparents, etc.

You can still have your baby’s name included and take part from a distance even if you are not local. Last year we read over 745 names and lit at least that many candles to honor babies around the world. Information about how you can register for the event…whether locally or from a distance can be found at the bottom of this information.

Itinerary

8:45 check-in
9am to 10am Booth activities
in the cafeteria

There will be a special photo booth. You’re encouraged to bring a memorial item, Comfort Bear, etc…something that represents your baby to take a family picture, compliments of SGM.

There will be a cupcake decorating booth to create a cupcake in celebration of your baby.

A Flying Wish Paper booth where you can write a letter, wish, or prayer on paper sent up to heaven.

A Comfort Bear Stuffing Booth

And, a card-making booth to write a special note to go in a Dreams of You package for another family walking through loss.

10-10:15
Balloon Release
(We will be using biodegradeable balloons without strings to be environmentally friendly)

10:20 – Noon
Children will join SGM Support Companion, Emily Smiddy for a movie, story, and activities while adults will go to the auditorium for the duration of the service

We ask that parents not bring children to the auditorium for this portion of the festivities.

10:20- Noon
In the auditorium we will listen to a speaker, light candles for remembrance, watch a special slideshow honoring all the babies submitted with pictures of families with Comfort Bears, pictures and names of babies, etc.

This year we will also have a special HOPE CIRCLE where families will have an opportunity to share their stories and talk together.

JOIN IN FROM ANYWHERE!!

This is going to be such a special day, and we would love to have you join us in person if you’re able. If you cannot make it in person, you can still join in from afar. You can email a picture of your family with your Comfort Bear or another memorial item, or a picture of your baby to be included in our slideshow to: sufficientgraceministries@gmail.com.

You can also fill out the registration form below to have your baby’s name included on the slideshow and to have a candle lit in his/her memory. We will not be reading all the names this year, but we will include them on the candles and they will appear on the slideshow.

Join the Facebook Event Page for updates and to view and post photos!

Register on the form below:

Upcoming SGM Events and Update

I’m not sure where to even begin. There are so many happenings at SGM lately. We have been continually blessed by our supporters. Thank you to everyone who supported the SGM Golf Outing 2013 on July 13, 2013. There will be a post coming soon to chronicle those events.

We have been ministering to families saying hello and goodbye to their precious babies with “in-person” birth and bereavement support in the NW Ohio and SW Ohio area. It has been such a blessing, and a sacred privilege to meet these precious little ones, and to honor their lives alongside their amazing parents. Each one is carried in our hearts, and this work is changing us, imbedding this passion to serve grieving hearts even deeper as we wade further in to the deep side of the ocean.

Work has begun in our partnership with the amazing staff of Defiance Regional Medical Center, through grants awarded from the Defiance Area Community Foundation and the Defiance Regional Hospital Foundation Auxillary to provide specialized training for all OB, OR, ER, and physician staff as well as to implement SGM Perinatal Hospice Birth and Bereavement Services. We are thrilled to be offering this service to Defiance first, and look forward to working with other hospitals in Northwest and Southwest Ohio soon.

Monday, Kelly will be speaking to the Women’s Group at Immanual New Bavaria.

Holly and Kelly will be traveling to St. Louis Missouri from Thursday July 25 – Sunday July 28. Please keep us in prayer as we travel and prepare. We will be meeting up with newly inducted, SGM Regional Coordinator, St. Louis Area: Heather Mohr. There will be a presentation on Saturday, July 27 at 9am at the Shriner’s Hospital and in the afternoon, we will host trainings for any interested SGM/SBD Doulas and SGM Remembrance Photographers. If you are a bereaved parent, caregiver, hospital staff member, nurse, doctor, social worker, clergy member, support group leader, photographer, crochet/seamstress/crafter, mother, friend or family member touched by loss, or just interested in learning more about SGM, please consider attending this presentation. We will not be traveling this way again anytime soon, so this is a special opportunity to learn more about SGM and meet the ladies behind this amazing organization. There will be special door prizes for those who attend!

For more details about this FREE SGM Presentation in St. Louis Missouri, visit our Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/206106282879428/

The first Monday of each month at 7pm, we host an in person Walking With You meeting for a special group of parents touched by loss. All our welcome. Please join us. This group is for parents who have experienced the loss of a baby or child.

For our non-local friends, we have added a Closed Facebook Group where parents and family members can gather for  Walking With You support. Only those in the group can see what is posted. It is meant to be a safe haven for grieving hearts. You can ask to join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/272912556187491/

Coming in October, to remember our precious babies/children in heaven for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, we will be hosting a very special event: Walking With You ~ Evening of Remembrance. You can find out more details on the Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/288992251245688/

 Please join us the first Saturday of every month for Comfort Bear Work Day. We stuff, cut, and sew bears, glue hearts, and more…so everyone is welcome. Next one is Saturday, August 3, 2013 from 9-11am. We will also have an extra workday for anyone able to come this Wednesday July 24 beginning at 10am-? We will be making up packets and working on bears and anything else that needs done before the St. Louis trip.

One Way will be at the Corn City Festival on Sunday, August 18 at 12:30pm and St. John Lutheran Church Sunday September 15, 2013

We are in need of SGM Remembrance Photographers and SGM/SBD Birth and Bereavement Doulas in NW Ohio, SW Ohio, St. Louis Missouri, Northern Michigan, and parts of Kentucky (near Lexington, I believe). You can find out more about volunteering for these positions here: SGM/SBD birth and bereavement doula and SGM Remembrance Photographer

Please keep us in prayer. SGM is growing fast and so our the needs of this ministry and the families we serve. We continue to ship Dreams of You items to families worldwide every Friday at 1pm.

Grace to all…

October 15th Lantern Release

We were unable to do the lantern release at the end of the Grace for the Journey Conference, as we hoped, due to the rain. It was rescheduled for October 15th at 7:00 pm in Hamler, Ohio. We were blessed to have a few special families join us to remember more than 130 babies and children in heaven.

My family was held up by trains, making us a bit late for our own event. (Have I mentioned I live in the town of the crossroads of the B&O Railroad? Sounds cool, but it really means we’re constantly waiting on trains!) When we finally arrived, we set up, joined by the Vollmer family, my friend Dee from Payton’s Precious Memories, and another friend, Cyndy.

We lit candles, sang Amazing Grace, and said a prayer. Then we took a moment to read each name by candle light.

 

 

Then, we braved the chilly (and slightly windy) evening. Some of the lanterns were a bit unruly. My amazing husband chased several lanterns. One that even escaped into the field!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I didn’t know the Faith, Grace, and Thomas lantern was written upside down until I was looking at the pictures on the way home. I was a little disappointed, and Tim said, “It’s upside down from our view, but from their view (heaven), it’s right side up as they look down.” I like his perspective…and theirs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Such a precious evening of remembrance…thank you for remembering with us.

We also added more than 100 names to the October 15th Remembrance page. Keeping so many of you in prayer.

October 15th Remembrance Day Happenings & A PAIL Rosette/Ribbon Giveaway

CONTEST IS CLOSED! CONGRATS TO THE WINNERS: Betty Jackson, Hazel Flint, Becky Clancy, Stephanie D, and Jackie!!! Please email me your address ASAP so we can ship your ribbons within the next day or 2!! Thank you!!

You can still donate $5 to SGM to receive one of our beautiful PAIL ribbons by using the donate button on the right sidebar. You can also still comment on this post to enter your information to be included on the October 15th Remembrance Page. However comments will no longer count toward the ribbon contest.

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For the last couple years on October 15th, we honored and prayed for many families who lost a baby or child. And, I would like to do it again this year. I hope you will join us. Here is an excerpt from last year’s post:

October 15th is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. I have met so many beautiful families through Walking With You, this blog, and through Sufficient Grace Ministries. Your stories have touched my heart, and I want to remember each one of your precious babies. Every life is precious in the eyes of the Lord. Every life has value and purpose. While I have prayed for everyone who has crossed my path, it would be nice to have a list to pray for all in one place…with names and birth dates (and heavenly home-going dates). I thought it would be special for us to compile a list of our precious babies and post it here on October 15th. So, if you are a mother who has lost a baby/child and would like to include your family on our list, please leave your information in the comments below or email it to me at sufficientgraceministries@gmail.com. If your information is on last year’s list, please note I will be including those previously listed and just adding any new names and re-posting the list. 

Even if we’ve never met (in real life or blog land!), you are welcome to participate. We want to remember all of the precious babies and their families. On that special day, I will post the list here and pray throughout the day for each of you…as we remember together. If you would like to help us spread the word on your blog so that we could include more families, please feel free! If you would like to include your child on the October 15th Remembrance Page, please leave the following in the comments below (on this post):

Child’s Name
Parents Name
Birth Date
Entered Heaven:
Any message you may wish to share…or bible verse that brings you comfort

Also…if you are a grieving parent, and new to our site, please visit the Dreams of You Shop. If you would like a Dreams of You Memory Book or Comfort Bear, please email the shipping address listed on that page. We do not charge parents for our products or services. It is our desire and prayer to offer comfort and hope to every family who crosses our path.




*We would also like to bless 5 moms who comment on this post with a beautiful PAIL Remembrance Rosette/Ribbon, inspired by Franchesca from Small Bird Studios and made by our own Holly Haas. You must enter by Friday, October 5, 2012 at 5pm. You may comment after that with information for the Remembrance Page. But, comments after 5pm on Oct. 5th will not count toward the giveaway. (Holly is also hosting a PAIL Ribbon giveaway on the Caring for Carleigh blog until Friday!!

You can also purchase one of these gorgeous ribbons by clicking on the donate button located below the ribbon picture on the Dreams of You Shop page and on the right sidebar of this blog. Your $5 donation goes to support the outreaches of Sufficient Grace Ministries as we continue to provide free services to families who have lost a baby or child. So, if you don’t win, you can still get a ribbon to remember our babies in heaven…and help a great cause at the same time! Order by October 8th so that you can receive your ribbon by October 15th!
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We are also hosting a very special Grace for the Journey conference for grieving mothers and anyone wanting to know how to minister to the needs of grieving families, which includes a sky lantern release in memory of our sweet babies in heaven on October 13th. For more information, please visit the Coming Events Page. We would love to see you there!!

Remember With Us ~ October 15th (And a My Forever Child Giveaway!)

For the last couple years on October 15th, we honored and prayed for many families who lost a baby or child. And, I would like to do it again this year. I hope you will join us. Here is an excerpt from last year’s post:

October 15th is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. I have met so many beautiful families through Walking With You, this blog, and through Sufficient Grace Ministries. Your stories have touched my heart, and I want to remember each one of your precious babies. Every life is precious in the eyes of the Lord. Every life has value and purpose. While I have prayed for everyone who has crossed my path, it would be nice to have a list to pray for all in one place…with names and birth dates (and heavenly home-going dates). I thought it would be special for us to compile a list of our precious babies and post it here on October 15th. So, if you are a mother who has lost a baby/child and would like to include your family on our list, please leave your information in the comments below or email it to me at sufficientgraceministries@gmail.com. If your information is on last year’s list, please note I will be including those previously listed and just adding any new names and re-posting the list. 

Even if we’ve never met (in real life or blog land!), you are welcome to participate. We want to remember all of the precious babies and their families. On that special day, I will post the list here and pray throughout the day for each of you…as we remember together. If you would like to help us spread the word on your blog so that we could include more families, please feel free! If you would like to include your child on the October 15th Remembrance Page, please leave the following in the comments below (on this post):

Child’s Name
Parents Name
Birth Date
Entered Heaven:
Any message you may wish to share…or bible verse that brings you comfort


Also…if you are a grieving parent, and new to our site, please visit the Dreams of You Shop. If you would like a Dreams of You Memory Book or Comfort Bear, please email the shipping address listed on that page. We do not charge parents for our products or services. It is our desire and prayer to offer comfort and hope to every family who crosses our path.

 

Remember With Us ~ October 15th

There will not be a featured blog this week on Walking With You. Instead, we will be focusing on some activities to commemorate all families who have experienced the loss of a baby or child, as we recognize and take time time to remember on October 15th. Please click on October 15th Rememberance Page information post to join us in remembering these precious babies and families. We hope you will also add your family to the list. Also…there is a special giveaway on that page you may want to see. Have a lovely week and God bless each of you…