If you’ve never lost a child, experienced a miscarriage or a still birth you might not know that October is National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month. More specifically, October 15th is a universal day of remembrance for pregnancy loss and infant death. This day is observed with remembrance ceremonies and candle-lighting vigils….I know I never knew something like this existed until it applied to me.
Did you know that:
- One in four pregnancies ends in the loss of a baby
- The loss of a child is recognized as the most intense cause of grief
- Parents never “get over” the loss of a child – no matter the age
- Parents experiencing grief without supportive care can have debilitating consequences such as PTSD, depression and anxiety that could further result in job loss, divorce, difficulties in daily living, or impediments with parenting of living children
The loss of a child stays with a family forever, but the emotional and physical impacts are often challenging to others to truly understand. Having support through grief is paramount to recovery. Raising awareness is the first step to accessing available help.
Events across the country take place each October and help people better empathize and support parents on their journey to hope.
This October in addition to remembering my angel babies (not that I ever forget them) I’m also thinking of many of my friends who have experienced pregnancy loss or lost a child. No person should ever have to go through such pain, but it does happen….and all we can do is be there for our friends & family. Additionally, lots of people suffer in silence in regards to miscarriage…so I’m certain I don’t even know of all of my friends/family members who’ve suffered a loss, but I’m thinking of them too.