LA CROSSE, Wis. -

The Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group will host a Christmas Candlelight Memorial Service to remember infants who have passed away this year.

The service, which is co-sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health System and Gundersen Lutheran, will be held on Monday, December 10 at 7 p.m. in the Mayo Clinic Health System Saint Francis Chapel.

Event organizers say family and friends of the infants who have died will place ornaments on the Christmas trees and light a candle in their child’s memory.

"The holidays bring families together, but when families have lost a baby, they become saddened and not sure how they should celebrate the holiday," said Emily Stanton, RN, BSN, Share Program Coordinator at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare. "This has been a way for these families to come together with others who have experienced similar situations and a way to celebrate and honor their child’s brief time with them."