Online registration is now available for the 2019 Turkey Trot!

The annual IRIS Holiday Service of Remembrance will be held this year on Sunday, December 1, 2019 at the Chapel of the Good Shepherd located on the Shattuck campus in Faribault MN. More information is available here. You can register for the event by clicking the Register Now button below, or use the form in the newsletter. The poinsettias and stained glass stars are available for purchase using the PDF forms linked below, or can be ordered online from our Gift Shop. These two items are also featured below.

UPDATE: International Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day is observed annually around the world on October 15th at 7 pm.

Join me Tuesday October 15th at the Infants Remembered In Silence (IRIS) Candle Light service at 7pm at the IRIS office 218 3rd Ave. NW Faribault MN. Everyone is invited to attend! We will be outside by the bronze angel weeping over an empty cradle. Please dress accordingly. If you have not already brought or mailed a heart with your child’s name to the office please bring it with you. You are also encouraged to bring a battery operated candle or candle in a jar for the candle lighting part of the service. If you would like to read a poem, sing, etc please let us know. Even will be on FB Live - 7 pm central time. Please light a candle at 7 pm in your time zone.

IRIS has arranged for many lotions across the state of MN and the USA to be lit in Pink and Blue. If you see any buildings lit in pink and blue we ask that you please take pictures and share with IRIS. MN Locations lit include:
Enger Tower - Duluth
Sperry Tower - Eagan
France Avenue - Edina
Premier Bank Electronic Sign - Faribault
35W Bridge/St. Anthony Falls Bridge - Minneapolis - there will be a service at this location visit Paiges Bears for details.
IDS Center - Minneapolis
Lowry Avenue Bridge - Minneapolis
NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center - Minneapolis
Target Field – MN Twins Stadium - Minneapolis
US Bank – MN Vikings Stadium - Minneapolis
Morristown Government Building - Morristown
Premier Bank Electronic Sign - Owatonna
MN Fair Coliseum - St. Paul

For more locations around the world visit Lights Of Love


Original Post:

IRIS Event on OCTOBER 15, 2019 - International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. IRIS encourages all bereaved parents, grandparents, family, and friends to honor the life of a child that has died regardless of the child’s gestational age or age.

This year we are asking that you make it personal by sending us a heart that you have made. We encourage you to make two hearts, one heart to send to IRIS by snail mail and one for you to KEEP! Not only will this allow you to honor your child's memory, it will also allow you to express your feelings and add to your memories of your precious child. Hearts can be any size and made of anything including, but not limited to, cardboard, paper, fabric, stone, etc. You can decorate the heart however you would like.

ALL HEARTS in our possession by 10/15/2019 will be displayed outside, in and around, the life sized bronze statue of an angel weeping over an empty cradle titled "I Knew You In The Womb" by world renown sculptor Timothy P. Schmalz.

IRIS will again be hosting a Candle Light Service at 7 pm in our time zone (USA Central Time). Dress for the weather as we will be outside. Everyone is encouraged to bring a Battery Operated Candle or Candle in a candle holder, jar, etc. Remember we will be outside and the weather may have an impact on your candle. If you have not mailed or dropped off your heart(s) before the service please bring them with you.

Remember this is a world wide event Everyone around the world is encouraged to light a candle at 7 pm in your time zone.

The IRIS Candle Light Service will be live steamed on FB.

Remember... you must mail or bring your heart(s) to IRIS, we will not be able to print them or make them for you this year.

Mail or bring your heart(s) to:

218 3rd Ave. NW
Faribault, MN 55021

The Service is in Faribault MN. Everyone is welcome to attend. The service will be held in Conjunction with International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. We will have the service on FB Live. The service will begin at 7 pm in out time zone (Central time USA). For those of you coming from out of town and wishing to spend the night there is a B&B 3 houses away and several motels within 5 miles.

About this photo:

October 15th, 2018 - Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day at the IRIS Office in Faribault MN.

This photo is of the 6,000 plus memorial hearts that have the names of children from around the world on them. These hearts were placed in the cradle of the bronze weeping Angel that is permanently on display in front of the IRIS Office in Faribault MN. A candlelight service was held at 7 pm on October 15th to honor these precious children.

The life sized bronze statue called “I Knew You in the Womb” is by world renowned sculpture Timothy J. Schmalz. It depicts an Angel weeping over an empty cradle. You are welcome to visit the statue at anytime. You are always welcome to leave flowers (silk or fresh), letters, balloons, etc. Taking pictures is always encouraged.  The IRIS staff and volunteers will not bother you if you come to visit however, if you would like us to take your picture by the Angel please come and ask.  We would be very happy to do so!  

Where can I get a Miniature Statue: 

To purchase a miniature replica of the statue click into the Gift Shop at the top of the page or:


Follow IRIS at:  https://www.facebook.com/InfantsRememberedinSilence/



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Offering parents, families, friends and professionals support, education and resources on the death of a child in early pregnancy (miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy etc.), or from premature birth, stillbirth, neo-natal death, birth defects, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), illness and all other types of infant and early childhood death.