October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month
Pregnancy and Infant Loss is not an easy topic to talk about. However, the reality is that mothers and families across the world experience pregnancy and infant loss every day.
National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day is observed annually in the United States on October 15. It is a day of remembrance for pregnancy loss and infant death which includes, but is not limited to, miscarriage, still birth, SIDS or the death of a newborn.
Each year this day is observed with remembrance ceremonies and candle lighting vigils.
I myself became a part of this “group” in May of this year. It was one of the hardest times of my life, but reaching out to others made me realize how alone I was not! I didn’t realize how many women that I personally knew, my mother and sister included, that had suffered a miscarriage, still birth, or infant loss. The support that the Pregnancy and Infant Loss community has is so strong and the bond is absolutely amazing. So please, if you are a part of this club, don’t be afraid to talk to others. The hurt may still be there, but knowing that you are surrounded by love and support will help in more ways then you think. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or comments, or if you feel like you need some emotional support at firstname.lastname@example.org. As I noted, I am part of some great groups that help get your feelings and anxieties out!
So for the month of October, please take the time to remember all the angels that received their wings just a little too soon. On October 15th (even if you aren’t a mother of an angel) light a candle in remembrance and honor of those that left us too soon.