Before I head off for the weekend I wanted to share an update on the ceremony we had last Sunday. It all went beautifully. We had around 150 people come to share the evening with us. There was only one let down. The weather.
Unfortunately due to the strong winds, stormy sky and rain we were not able to hold the ceremony on the beach as first planned so we held it in a hall across the road from the beach. I cried for 2 hours over this. I felt that my dream that had now become so many others dreams had been crushed. It wasn’t until the evening that I realized that it really would not have been possible to do it all at the beach anyway as there were just too many flags.
The ceremony was still so very heartwarming. It just wasn’t the one we had planned. We displayed the 333 prayer flags which turned the hall into a magnificent art gallery.It was a breath-taking site that brought many tears to everyone’s eyes.
We had people attend the ceremony who were not directly affected by a loss but were there to represent friends from overseas who had sent us in prayer flags. We had people fly over from interstate for the ceremony too which I still cannot believe. It was such an emotional evening for me to meet so many new people. I struggled through tears to get through my speeches. We read poems, there was a memorial tribute video presentation, I read aloud my latest article from Still Standing Magazine and I spoke about the importance of making noise about pregnancy, infant and child loss so that we continue to break the silence. To conclude the ceremony we held a balloon release just outside before the rain began. The balloons seem to disappear so very quickly. After that we (thanks to my very gorgeous Luminous Light volunteers) put on a supper for everyone and people spent sometime walking around our AMAZING art gallery. We sent everyone home with a self-care package which included a thank you note along with a chamomile tea bag, a scented tea light candle and a sunset/twilight meditation to help people calm their hearts after such an emotional evening.
Over the next couple of weeks I will be taking all of the flags as promised to the beach at sundown to photograph them individually by candlelight. I will be creating alphabetical albums for them to all go up in on facebook so it will be relatively easy for you to find your own flags. I will begin this journey this Sunday evening.
To everyone that helped us out on the evening, I am eternally grateful. Thank you. And to the families of the 333 prayer flags, all my love, peace and blessings to you. I look forward to photographing your babies and children’s prayer flags. I will light a candle for them. Thank you for being a part of my dream.