Angelversary n. 1. is a word created by a bereaved parent denoting the annual date of a baby’s death, either early in pregnancy, stillbirth, or shortly after. This day is just as important to a bereaved parent as a birthday, and many are marking both birth and death on the same day. While “anniversary” might work, that often seems too celebratory a word for this kind of day. Angelversary is our answer to describing the most difficult day during the year.
These are suggestions and ideas for Angelversary days.
♥ Release balloons or butterflies
♥ In-name-of Gift -You can buy a star named after your child or give a financial contribution to a deserving charity
♥ Visit child’s resting place – You can spend this day visiting your child’s gravesite, memory garden, site where you spread your child’s ashes, or any number of places that hold special meaning to your family and remind you of your child
♥ Take baby someplace new – We believe your baby is with you in some spiritual way. If you too believe this, you may like the idea of taking your baby someplace new each angelversary. You can take pictures at that location and compose a scrapbook of all the places you visited in honor of your special angel baby
♥ Send a letter to family and friends – Sharing the memory of your child can be especially important and healing. One way to do this is to send a letter to your family and friends with special memories and thoughts you have of/for your child
♥ Adopt a pet - Pets are great healers and need your love. Perhaps now is the day you want to choose an addition to your family
♥ Living object – You can plant something in honor of your beloved child. The choices of what to plant are quite plentiful and if you don’t have space at home you can plant in a community garden, pot or memorial garden.
by Basil Augusta