“Every mom, whether her child is here on earth or in heaven, should be acknowledged on Mother’s Day.”
That’s the sentiment expressed by Wilton mom Alison Jacobson, who lost her son to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in 1997. Jacobson is now the CEO of First Candle, a New Canaan-based non-profit dedicated to research, awareness and support surrounding SIDS and other causes of infant mortality. This Mother’s Day, First Candle is going to honor mothers who have lost babies due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related infant deaths, stillbirth and miscarriage.
On Saturday, May 12 at 10:30 a.m., First Candle will hold a flower planting ceremony at Norwalk’s Calf Pasture. Jacobson approached Lucia Rilling, wife of Norwalk’s Mayor Harry Rilling, with the idea. Rilling was extremely enthusiastic and helped secure the Shea-Macgrath Memorial & Wall of Remembrance at Calf Pasture.
Jacobson was committed to hosting this ceremony. “One year I had a baby and was celebrating Mother’s Day and the next year my son was gone. Even though I was still a mom, people were hesitant to wish me Happy Mother’s Day because they didn’t want to upset me.”
The staff of First Candle and volunteers will install 147 plants, which symbolizes the number of babies who will have statistically died over the Mother’s Day weekend from SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths and stillbirth. Every year 27,000 babies die from these causes and SIDS remains the leading cause of death for babies one month to one year of age.
The event is open to the public. Those who would like to participate in honor of a mom who has lost a child are welcome to do so. The 147 plants have been generously donated by Lowes Home Improvement in Norwalk. The flowers will be planted at the Shea-Macgrath Memorial & Wall of Remembrance at 50 Calf Pasture Beach Rd. in Norwalk.
First Candle is a 501c(3) committed to eliminating, through education and research, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and other sleep-related infant deaths including accidental suffocation. They also provide bereavement support for families who have lost a child due to SIDS, sleep-related infant deaths, stillbirth and miscarriage. SIDS remains the leading cause of death for babies one month to one year of age.