Friday, September 23, 2011

Violet's Light has been added to the list of activities and walks on the official website for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. The direct link is:

If you scroll down to Ohio activities you will see it listed.

Here is the info:

Violet's Light Candlelight Vigil
Contact name: Amy Neff
Contact email:

Saturday 10/15/2011
6:30-7:30 pm

Wes Point Park in downtown Willoughby Ohio. Across from 1 Public Square Willoughby, OH 44094. We will be meeting at the Gazebo. Street parking is available. There are also marked public parking lots.

A gathering of remembrance created in honor of my niece, Violet Evelyn Ochoa who was born still on August 12th, 2011. This event is to honor the babies who were taken too soon from pregnancy or infant loss. We will be meeting at 6:30 to share our stories, give out pregnancy and infant loss ribbons, and have a candlelight vigil starting at 7:00 pm. We will be reading the names of the babies we've lost. If you'd like a name added to the list, you can email me ahead of time at or we can always add it before we start. Please bring a candle if you wish to participate in the vigil. If you are unable to we will have extra candles available for use.

You Can Participate Too!

You don't have to live in Ohio to be included in Violet's Light. If you have suffered a pregnancy or infant loss and would like your baby's name to be read at the vigil on October 15th, email

Thursday, September 15, 2011

First Annual Violet's Light Candlelight Vigil

The First Annual Violet's Light will take place from 6:30-7:30 pm on Saturday October 15th, 2011 at Wes Point park in downtown Willoughby, Ohio. A candlelight vigil will be held at 7:00 pm to honor the memories of all babies lost through miscarriage, stillbirth, and SIDS.

I am trying to get news of the event out to the community through craigslist, facebook, phone calls, flyers, etc. This event was planned on very short notice this year, so it very well may just be me, standing in the park, holding one candle all by myself. But hey, you've gotta start somewhere!

Next year's Violet's Light event will be much larger. I am already planning on reserving the bandstand in Wes Point park, creating luminary bags for everyone in attendance, and hopefully having a band or choir. Maybe even having a walk-a-thon one day. I will have much more time to plan and organize for next year's event.

If you are interested in coming to this years very simple vigil, please email me at

I am very much looking forward to organizing and planning this event, and watching it grow year after year.

About Violet's Light

Violet's Light is an event created to take place every year on the evening of October 15th. This event is in honor of my niece, Violet Evelyn Ochoa who was born still on 8/12/2011.

After the devastating news of Violet's passing, I actively searched for ways to honor her memory. I discovered that October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month, and October 15th is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. I thought that there must be something that would be taking place on that day, where I could go and honor her memory. To my surprise, there are absolutely no events that I could find in Northeast Ohio to commemorate that day. I called both of the local children's hospitals, and spoke with their event coordinators. They both told me that they had not even heard of that day. I called and spoke with the secretary of the mayor of Willoughby. She also said that our community had no known events for this particular day. I searched surrounding communities, online groups and forums, and still found nothing. So, Violet's Light was created to not only honor my beautiful niece, but also give a time of remembrance to members of my community, and all communities in Northeast Ohio who have suffered pregnancy or infant loss.