National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day
In the dictionary, the word “orphan” is used to describe a child who has lost his/her parents. The word “widow/widower” is used to describe a person who has lost a spouse. Literally and figuratively, there are no words to appropriately describe losing a child.
October 15 is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. Robyn Bear, founder of The Official Site of Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day, realized that too many families grieve in silence and never fully come to terms with loss of a child. She “envisioned a day when all grieving parents could come together and be surrounded by love and support from their friends and families, a day where the community could better understand their pain and learn how to reach out to those grieving.”
Today, we’d like to present links to some stories and resources that may be helpful to those who have gone through pregnancy or infant loss, or are currently going through the pain of loss. There is a quiet power in knowing that those who suffer are not alone in their grief, and that there is a supportive community out there of people who are willing to listen and who understand.
We also invite you all to participate in this year’s Wave of Light at 7pm.
By: Sarah LeTrent, CNN
Remembrance photography is offered to families to help cope with the grief of the loss of a child. Todd Hochberg is a pioneer in the field of perinatal bereavement photography.
By: Nicole Sweeney Etter, Parents
An estimated 2 million women in this country lose pregnancies every year, according to the American Pregnancy Association. Follow these do’s and don’ts to make sure your words to a grieving friend are helpful, not hurtful.
By: Andrea Meyer, Modern Loss
My daughter, Nina, died five weeks before she was due to be born. Each year, we gather to celebrate the life that could have been.
By: Alison Balding, Daily Telegraph AU
“I’ve been sad, angry, scared and felt a whole host of other emotions. Accepting my little girl and all her would-be milestones are gone was not easy but the hardest part by far is feeling like you can’t talk about your child. I am so glad we have today.”
By: Dr. Jessica Zucker, Modern Loss
Letting go of self-blame, avoiding comparisons and other tips from a psychologist who specializes in women’s reproductive and maternal mental health.
Pregnancy and infant loss can be one of the most difficult grieving experiences that is reality for many parents. At Everlasting Footprint, we celebrate life and remember those who have touched our hearts, no matter how short our time with them.