October 3, 2018

Families gather at Little Spirits Garden for annual Ceremony of Remembrance

Victoria, BC – For parents and families who suffer the tragic loss of a pregnancy or a baby through early death, Little Spirits Garden at Royal Oak Burial Park offers them a special place to remember and gather.

On Saturday, Oct. 20 at 10 a.m., the Little Spirits Garden will host its annual Remembrance Gathering—an opportunity for families to remember the babies lost in a non-denominational, supportive environment through readings, songs, stories from parents, messages of inspiration and candle lighting.

October 15 is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. It was created to provide support for those who are struck with pregnancy loss or infant death, which includes but is not limited to miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, or the death of a newborn.

“Despite the loss of a pregnancy affecting so many…it remains largely ‘unmentionable’…considered by society to be a ‘private matter’. Parents going through the loss often suffer from feeling alone and they shouldn’t have to,” said Crystabelle Fobler, Executive Director, Royal Oak Burial Park. “A recent study found over 40% of those who have experienced a pregnancy loss continue to feel very much alone. This ceremony welcomes members of the community who have suffered this loss and provides support to assist in healing and recovery. The restorative value of a few caring words cannot be overstated…it is simply powerful.”

The Little Spirits Garden is located at one of the highest points in the Park and is sheltered for privacy by a stand of native arbutus and fir trees. Within this protected garden memorial ceremonies can be conducted in the pavilion, there is a designated area for scattering cremated remains and numerous permanent and temporary memorial options are offered at no cost, or on a donation basis.

The Little Spirits Garden is available to every family, no matter where they live, what their financial means are, or where or when they may have experienced their loss.
“I am very proud to be part of such a caring community where grieving families are supported and cared for and where an atmosphere that supports the healing process is nurtured,” said Fobler.
The Ceremony of Remembrance begins at 10:00 a.m. in the Garden Chapel at Royal Oak Burial Park, 4673 Falaise Drive, Victoria, BC. Following the ceremony volunteers and Burial Park staff will be on hand to assist parents and visitors to tour and place memorials at the Little Spirits Garden.

This event is open to the public. Attended by families who have had a loss and their extended support networks, it is also an opportunity for the broader community to acknowledge and support those who have suffered a pregnancy loss or the death of a baby.

You can learn more about Pregnancy and Infant Loss and the Little Spirit Garden at www.facebook.com/LittleSpiritsGarden.

About Royal Oak Burial Park:
Royal Oak Burial Park is the only not-for-profit, community-owned Burial Park and cremation memorial facility in Greater Victoria. The 135 acre facility is operated and maintained by the Board of Cemetery Trustees of Greater Victoria. The Board was created in 1922 to operate the cemetery on behalf of the City of Victoria and the District of Saanich.

Media are welcome to attend this event. However, out of respect for the personal privacy of those attending, still, video, film or digital photography of the ceremony of remembrance is not permitted.

Media contact:
Sandra Hudson
[email protected]

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