Next Friday October 15th is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.
I’d never heard of it before, which seems another indication that while the reality of this impossible situation is acknowledged, we are to grieve as quietly, as privately as possible. I’m feeling a little angry today that there is so much silence when it comes to pregnancy loss. I understand that point of view. I’d like to change it. I’d like the grief of baby loss to be acceptable outside the baby lost community.
Even if you’ve never lost a child yourself, if anything about the baby loss experience touches your heart, I invite you to participate in celebrating the too-brief lives of those who have died. Next Friday light a candle, say a prayer, write a baby’s name in chalk on a sidewalk, in the sand at the beach, with pebbles at the park. You can even take a picture and send it to the parents. Knowing our children are remembered by others is one of the greatest gifts a grieving parent can receive.
For more information about the day, please click here.
May your life never be touched by such grief and may your heart forever be opened by knowing it exists for others.