Celebrating the International day of Hope

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Celebrating the International day of Hope

If you’ve been following Carly Marie’s work (if not, check her out, she’s amazing), you know that August 19th is the international day of hope.

The August 19th – Day of Hope Prayer Flag Project is a profoundly moving, poignant and peaceful way to break the silence surrounding the death of babies and children.

This is a worldwide event and you can join through social media like Facebook and Instagram. This day will be celebrated with the exposition of prayer flags. You can create prayer flags for your lost ones, for your hopes and your dreams. I know I will. I know for sure that if I would have lived anywhere in Australia, I would have booked myself a flight and visited Christian’s beach that beautiful evening. Even though I live half way around the world, I want to collaborate and celebrate this day, and I will create a set of flags with all the love I have in my heart.

But I want to do more. This is such a beautiful initiative, such a healing experience, that I want to take it a step further. I want to publicly invite you to join me.

You can do so in several ways:

  • Do you live in the Antwerp, Belgium area? Then come join me at home! Create your own prayer flags, for your babies, your hopes and your dreams. Bring them with you that day. We can hang them together with ours and light a candle for your baby.
  • If you’re unable to join that day, but you would still like to make a prayer flag and have me hang it, you can send it to me. Check out the practical info below.
  • You can also choose to participate in this beautiful event privately, with your family and friends in the space of your home. You can share your flags through pictures on Carly Marie’s global event on Facebook, or using hashtags #august19thdayofhope and #dayofhopeprayerflags on Instagram and Twitter.

Here’s all the practical info you’ll need:

  • Since August 19th is actually a Monday, I will be celebrating this day with a small ceremony the day before, Sunday August 18th.
  • Although the room I have here at home is limited, please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to join. I would love to share this beautiful moment and experience with you and we could spend some time talking about our precious babies. Once you contact me, I’ll invite you to a private event on Facebook where I will share my address and timing info.
  • If you would like me to hang your prayer flag, let me know through my contact page and I will get back at you to let you know how you can have it delivered.
  • You can find guidelines on how to create such a prayer flag on Carly Marie’s website. There are tons of pictures she took of the flags she received last year, so I’m sure you can draw some inspiration from them.

Whatever form you decide to join us in, is an honor. Whatever way you want to celebrate this day is a blessing. You (and me included) still have a month time to create these prayer flags. I cannot wait to see what beautiful art will be created this year. And I cannot wait to hang mine (and hopefully yours too) up in the garden, take pictures, and share them with the whole world and with Carly of course. After all she’s the reason we get to do this, and I couldn’t be more grateful.

And why am I doing this? Because our babies were miracles, and it’s okay for us to celebrate them, to talk about them and to remember them every day of our lives. Also because it would be wonderful to meet fellow bereaved mom’s out there and create a space where we can openly speak about our loss, even if only for an afternoon.

A very special thanks goes out to Carly Marie for creating this magical, wonderful day that brings so much healing and hope to so many hearts in need. I know mine is. The beautiful picture used for this post was created by Carly. You can share one of the wonderful pictures she created for this event on her wonderful Facebook page!

Love,
Laila

 


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Amanda Marie22/07/13 at 2:33 amReply

Love this idea!

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