October 14, 2009
October has been designated as "Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month", with October 15 as "Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day".
I got an email today from a mom named Emily from Stepping Stones Blog that also knows this lost first hand. She put to words so well my own thoughts. She said:
How many people go about with no awareness of this topic at all?
I know that until it happened to me I had no idea that babies sometimes died. With modern medicine and all the prenatal testing available how on earth can something like this occur? Sure, it happened back in the pioneer days and maybe still in third world countries. But here in the US? In 2009? How can it be that nobody talks about this?
And I ask you. How many newspaper articles have you seen this month? How many news features? Magazine articles? Billboards? Emails? Facebook updates? Ah. Well, there you go. Little by little, one by one, we add our voice to those that talk about it.
Those who have never had to deal with this sad topic prefer to go about naively. And I don't blame them. I wish I could. It is a sad subject. But once it happens to you, once you have lost a child, you know there is something sadder still. That your baby will be forgotten. Ignored. That people will pretend that they never existed. And that, for me, is what awareness is about.
Spreading awareness to me is sharing my child. Saying his name. Educating folks that instead of being silent, all they need to say is "I'm so sorry". Awareness month to me is knowing that I am not alone in remembering my boy. Through memory walks, balloon releases, kindness projects and lighting candles others remember him with me.
I invite you to participate tomorrow in a 'Wave of Light'. At 7pm your local time light a candle and place it outside for an hour. And know that you are not alone in remembering your child.
I also invite you to stop by Stepping Stones Blog tomorrow and add your baby's name to our list of children we are missing. Together we can help each other not to feel so alone.
I also invite you to leave a note here with your baby's name and anything else you might like to share to help us remember them with you.
Sending out ((hugs)) to those of you who are missing the hug of a very important child–yours.
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