The idea for a remembrance ceremony to honor deceased Leaders came after the 2000 death of Roberta Bishop Johnson, Leader and editor of Whole Foods for the Whole Family. The first ceremony was held at the Alumnae Tea during the 2001 La Leche League International Conference in Chicago. LLL co-founder Marian Tompson and Nancy Franklin read a list of names and recited the “We Remember” prayer often read at Jewish funerals as a simple, dignified, and heartfelt way to remember each one. This “We Remember” ceremony became a powerful tradition to honor the lives of women who have helped make La Leche League what it is today. The ceremony was conducted at the LLL Alumnae Tea during the 2003, 2005, and 2007 La Leche League International Conferences. Beginning in 2011, the Alumnae Association continued the tradition by conducting the ceremony on its trip to St. Augustine, Florida, at the Chapel of Our Lady of La Leche. The ceremony has been conducted at each biannual trip of Friends of La Leche League since then. At each ceremony all Leaders’ names recorded in the “We Remember” album since the previous trip are read aloud to honor the memory of those Leaders.
2017 We Remember Ceremony
The “We Remember” Ceremony was held at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Old Town San Diego on October 20, 2017 during the Friends trip to California. LLL co-Founder Marian Tompson read names of Leaders who passed during 2016-2017. The history of this custom, names and photos are in the program.
Here are two videos from that ceremony.
History of the Ceremony by Edna Kelly, Reading of the Names
“We Remember Them” prayer led by Joan Crothers and Susan Thomas
2013 We Remember Ceremony
A We Remember Ceremony was held at the Chapel, Hotel Albuquerque, on October 25, 2013 during the Friends trip to New Mexico. LLL co-Founders Mary Ann Kerwin and Marian Tompson read names of Leaders who passed during 2011-2013. The history of this custom, names and photos are in the program. Here are videos from that ceremony.
2011 We Remember Ceremony
A We Remember Ceremony was held at the Chapel of Our Lady of La Leche on November 11, 2011 during the Friends trip to St. Augustine. LLL Founders Mary Ann Cahill, Mary Ann Kerwin, and Marian Tompson read names of Leaders who passed during 2008-2011. The history of this custom, names and photos are in the program. Here are two videos from that ceremony. The video quality is not good, but you can get a feel for the event.
History of the Ceremony by Fran Dereszynski
Reading of the Names by Founders, “We Remember Them” prayer led by Pam Oselka
Deceased Leaders’ names are recorded in calligraphy in the “We Remember” album by Susan Mocsny Thomas and posted on the website. Part of our mission as Friends of LLL is to keep connections strong as we remember and appreciate those who have died. If you know of a Leader who has died and is missing from our list, please submit the Leader’s information to WeRemember@friendsoflll.org. We appreciate your help in keeping our connections vibrant and meaningful.