Water Babies Ceremony: For the Unborn and Untimely Dead

About This Event

A water baby is a being that died before or not long after birth; a being not quite landed

on the earth that was unable to develop fully in the human realm.

A ceremony in recognition of water babies originated in Buddhist Japan after World War

II when numerous women needed to terminate a pregnancy by means of abortion. The

ceremony is a meaningful way for a parent to acknowledge the water baby and their

interconnectedness. The ceremony includes meditation and compassion practices,

making a jizo bodhisattva out of stones, profound appreciation of impermanence,

expression through words, and resting in the emotions.

Any woman or man who has sustained the loss of a water baby through miscarriage,

abortion, stillbirth, or infant death is invited to attend.

Registration is required. Please register online including an email address so as to

receive simple guidelines in advance.

Questions may be addressed to:

Joanna Rotté

Professor Emeritus

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