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Annual candlelight event to honor deceased children
Organization helps parents cope with loss
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Parents place candles on the shore of Lake Lanier to honor of Preganancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month in October 2014 at Longwood Park in Gainesville. Rock Goodbye Angel will holds its annual candlelight remembrance event Oct. 15 to recognize families who have dealt with miscarriage and infant loss.

Rock Goodbye Angel Candlelight Remembrance

When: 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15

Where: Longwood Park, 20 Pearl Nix Parkway, Gainesville

How much: Free to attend

More info: Go to www.rockgoodbyeangel.us. Candles and refreshments provided.

Parents and families mourning the loss of a child can join others experiencing the same suffering in an annual candlelight remembrance event this month.

Candles will dot the shores of Longwood Park on Lake Lanier in Gainesville beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. The Candlelight Remembrance Event is hosted by Rock Goodbye Angel annually and is free to attend.

The nonprofit organization has operated in Hall County for seven years now, according to founder Angela Ewers, who said she is grateful for the support of the nonprofit over the years.

“We have truly helped hundreds of families who have experienced pregnancy loss and infant loss in our community and throughout the nation,” she said.

Ewers said the organization will launch a new website this month, plus an online community grief program. It already offers bereavement support, pastoral grief counseling and support groups to parents in Hall and Gwinnett county areas.

A representative with the organization, if invited, will even join the parents in the hospital as they go through the process of actually losing their child. Often, the organization arranges photography sessions for the parents and gives them memory boxes filled with mementos such as footprint molds, blankets, journals and more.

Parents TJ and Tiffany Pethel from Commerce have experienced the support of Rock Goodbye Angel in the last year.

“Unfortunately, we lost our twin boys, Logan and Landon, a few short days after they were born prematurely, in February of this year,” Tiffany Pethel said in a release through the organization. “Grieving the loss of our two children is an unimaginably difficult process that we continue to deal with daily. However, on our darkest days, we can still consider ourselves blessed because we were introduced to an organization that has forever changed our lives.”

The Pethels are promoting another Rock Goodbye Angel event, the Pink and Blue Dash 5K at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 5 at the American Legion in Gainesville.

“Both events are designed to honor and remember the babies loved and never forgotten,” Ewers said. “The October event is more reflective and only lasts an hour or so, but is truly beautiful.

“The Pink and Blue Dash is a fun-filled family event for any and all to come and participate with not only grieving families, but corporate sponsors, businesses and doctors and nurses that have cared for these families.”

For more information on Rock Goodbye Angel and the remembrance event or the 5K, go to www.rockgoodbyeangel.us.

The Pethels are promoting sponsorships for the 5K because, “we truly feel without RGA we would not be where we are today in the healing process.”

“Our boys may have reached Heaven far before we would have liked them too, but through the guidance and support of Rock Goodbye Angel, we have learned to find purpose for our pain,” Pethel said. “So Logan and Landon’s light can shine brightly and the impression they have on others can be far, far reaching.”

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