Mothers to be remembered at memorial

First Candle will hold a flower-planting ceremony on Saturday, May 12, at 50 Calf Pasture Beach Road in Norwalk to honor mothers who have lost babies due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related infant deaths, stillbirth and miscarriage.

First Candle is a national nonprofit that strives to end SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths, while providing bereavement support to anyone who has lost a baby to these tragedies. First Candle CEO Alison Jacobson, of Wilton, will host the ceremony.  

“In 1997 I lost my son to SIDS,” she said in a press release. “One year I had a baby and was celebrating Mother’s Day and the next year my son was gone. Even though I was still a mom, people were hesitant to wish me Happy Mother’s Day because they didn’t want to upset me. Every mom, whether her child is here on earth or in heaven, should be acknowledged on Mother’s Day.”

The staff of First Candle and volunteers will install 147 plants at the Shea-Macgrath Memorial & Wall of Remembrance, symbolizing the number of babies who will have statistically died over the Mother’s Day weekend from SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths and stillbirth. Every year, 27,000 babies die from these causes and SIDS remains the leading cause of death for babies one month to one year of age.

The community is invited and those who would like to participate in honor of a mother who has lost a child are welcome to do so.