CANDLES THAT COMFORT-- Remembering the babies who died too soon

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The Comfort Company has released a new candle design in commemoration with October 15th-Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.

The Comfort Company, an online retailer of unique sympathy gifts, has released a new candle design in commemoration with Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day which is October 15th. Each year on this day, grieving parents across the country are encouraged to light a candle at 7:00 p.m. local time as a way to remember the babies they have lost due to miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death.

Renee Wood, founder of The Comfort Company, designed the candle as a way for parents to honor a pregnancy that has ended in loss. It also offers a unique way for family members and friends to respond to a loss with a comforting gift of remembrance. Formally a neonatal intensive care social worker, Wood understands the importance of encouraging parents to grieve for the babies who died too soon. "The very process of remembering can be healing," states Wood. "And it's just as important for others to achknowledge that a loss has occurred and to respond with compassion, understanding and remembrance." The candle, a frosted votive, is accented by a pewter ornament with a ribbon-tied heart and the word "remember". The candle retails for $14.95.

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month was adopted by former President Ronald Reagan in 1988 as a way to recognize the need for community education and awareness regarding miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death. Each year, close to 1 million families are faced with the tragedy of pregnancy and infant loss.

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