Awareness and education are critical so that families touched by pregnancy and infant loss no longer have to suffer in silence. All too often, their losses are not fully understood or even acknowledged by family members, friends and caregivers. Awareness and education can help meet the needs of these families and end the unbearable silence.
During October, local and national perinatal loss groups across the United States honor and remember the brief lives of these precious babies with programs, special remembrance ceremonies and activities created to help bereaved parents cope with their loss, no matter how recent or how long ago. October 15th has been specifically recognized as the International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. On this day, many groups and organizations commemorate National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month by gathering together to do balloon releases, remembrance walks or other fundraising events, flag-raising ceremonies and a world-wide candle-lighting event. The candle-lighting event is called Wave of Light, and you can participate by lighting a candle at 7:00 p.m. in your local time zone.
If you or someone close to you has been touched by pregnancy or infant loss, take the time to find out about happenings in your area during the month of October. You can also remember a lost baby by tying a message to a balloon and releasing it, buying or making a special memento in remembrance, donating to a local perinatal loss support group or hospital, donating a book about pregnancy and infant loss to your local library, planting a tree or rosebush for your baby or writing a letter or poem to your baby.