Annual Events

Losing a baby is earth shattering.  Babies aren't supposed to die.  A few decades ago, families had no outlet for grief when it came to the loss of a baby.   We hope to provide a safe place for grieving families to turn for support and to remember and honor their baby.  You are invited to any of our annual events.  They are open to the public.  If you want to remember, or help someone else remember, please join us.

TEARS Foundation's Rock & Walk

The TEARS Foundation is offering an exciting opportunity for the community to become involved with a growing and inspiring event. The TEARS Foundation's Rock & Walk is the signature fundraising event for TEARS. This annual event allows registered walkers to “walk” in honor of a child, or simply in support of others. Each team of walkers may also “rock” in the rocking chairs placed at the event site. Rocking chairs signify the heart of the walk, which is to raise funds for families who have lost a baby and are in need of funeral assistance and emotional support services.
  
Date: May 27, 2017
Time: 10am - 1pm
Location: Richland Community Center
500 Amon Park Drive
Richland, WA 99352
For more information, including how to register, visit https://www.crowdrise.com/Washington-TriCities or contact Angela Dryden, Tri-Cities Walk Chair at (509) 572-5383.

 

Memorial Service in June

Kadlec Foundation, Einan's Funeral Home, and Sunset Memorial Gardens have collaboratively worked together to create a burial site for parents to focus their feelings of grief and loss. It is a special area where babies born prior to 20 weeks and not born alive are periodically buried at no charge to the parents. Families have found comfort in having a designated resting place where they can visit and remember their baby.

Every year in June there is a special memorial service at Sunset Memorial Gardens for all pregnancy losses that have occurred at Kadlec during the past year. Invitations are sent out in May, but the service is open to the public. The service takes place at the “Our Little Lambs” bronze sculpture site, located by the Einan’s Funeral Home building.

The 2018 Memorial Service will be held: Wednesday, June 13 at 7 p.m.

Location: Sunset Memorial Gardens, 915 Bypass Highway; at the“Our Little Lambs” bronze sculpture site, located by the Einan’s Funeral Home building.

For more information, please email: melanie.O'Brien@kadlec.org.

 

Balloon Release in October

October 15 is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day

Every year on this day, Our Little Lambs, in affiliation with Sweet Pea Project, holds a Balloon Release at Howard Amon Park in Richland, WA. We invite families that have experienced the death of a baby before, during or after birth, and honor the babies that are so dearly missed. This event is open to the public and eco friendly! Biodegradable balloons will be handed out from 3:30 - 4:15pm. Compostable wildflower seed paper will be provided for notes to go in the balloons. An area will be provided for those who would like to display their keepsakes.

The balloon release will be promptly at 4:30pm. Music and refreshments are provided. Location: Behind the Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Drive, Richland, WA 99352.

This year’s balloon release will be Sunday, October 15, 2017, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Howard Amon Park, behind the Richland Community Center.

For more info, please e-mail: melanie.O'Brien@kadlec.org.

 

Worldwide Candle Lighting in December

The Christmas season is a wonderful season, but it can also be a difficult season for those who have had a loss and especially the loss of a child. We are thinking of you and on behalf of the “Our Little Lambs” program, we wish you comfort during this time.

In collaboration with Sunset Memorial Gardens and Einan’s Funeral Home, Our Little Lambs participates in the “Worldwide Candle Lighting”. This service is open to the public, and is part of a worldwide event, initiated by Compassionate Friends, Inc. The remembrance light is passed through all time zones of the world, and names of children are read out loud. It is a brief but meaningful service with music, prayer and a message of consolation. It is an opportunity to honor your little one, and we invite you to come if you can and if you would like to.

Location: Memories at Sunset Event Center, on the ground of Sunset Memorial Gardens, 915 Bypass Highway, Richland, WA 99352
Date and time: Second Sunday in December, doors open at 6:30pm, service starts at 7pm.

For more info, please e-mail: melanie.O'Brien@kadlec.org.