Commemorative events

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Network holds a number of commemorative events to acknowledge and validate the importance of a baby’s short life, and to facilitate the mourning process. Below are a few of the memorial events held throughout the year.

View our events calendar, or learn more about our commemorative events below.

PAIL Network butterfly release and family picnic

PAIL Network families bring their blankets, coolers, family and friends for a fun-filled day of socializing and remembering. The day begins with a memorial butterfly release, where families gather to release butterflies in memory of their babies. This is a family friendly event held just outside of Toronto on the first Sunday in June.

Walk to remember

Bereaved families join in a walk through the Children’s Garden located at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto, and in communities across Ontario. The walk is followed by a brief memorial service.

October 15: Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day candle-lighting ceremonies

October 15 is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. Across the world, this day is marked with the International Wave of Light, where candles are lit at 7 p.m. to honour the short lives of babies lost in every country.  Small gatherings are held in communities across the province to remember and honour those lives lost, together.

Are you hosting a gathering for October 15? View our toolkit.

Photography services

Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep
Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep (NILMDTS) aims to introduce remembrance photography to parents suffering the loss of a baby with a free gift of professional portraiture.  NILMDTS educates and mobilizes professional quality photographers to provide beautiful heirloom portraits to families facing the untimely death of an infant. NILMDTS believes these images serve as an important step in the family’s healing process by honouring the child’s legacy.

The AngelPics Project
The AngelPics Project has been created to donate photo retouching resources to the parents and families of a stillborn baby.  Through this free service, their team’s skilled digital artists work with a digital copy of your original, eliminating medical equipment, removing marks and bruising, even replacing the background if desired.