Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day

n June 0f 1995, I joined the millions of women affected by pregnancy and infant loss. Since that time I have endured 6 more losses - and while so very early on in pregnancy, were no less devastating due to their brevity.

In 1986, then President Ronald Reagan signed his name to a proclamation stating the month of October to be Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month. Following suit in 2005, Congress passed a bill proclaiming the 15th of October to be Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. In current years this day and month are marked by Remembrance Walks, Prayer Ceremonies and many other rituals meant to help healing, spread awareness and engender compassion.

Anyone touched by the tragedy of losing a child - whether in infancy, at birth, beyond or before knows how life altering and devastating the experience is. They would have been sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, grandparents and friends - that we did not get to know them more fully in this life is truly a loss.

Always Remembered . . .

~i~

1 comment:

danielle said...

Thanks for this post, the day & month of rememberance it isn't 'public enough' it seems to be something that women don't want to talk about...that their ashamed of it. After dealing with infertility for 5 years, and losing 4 of my babies, we finally have twins who are such amazing blessings....Anyway, just wanted to tell you that i appreciate your blog and this posting thatnks so much. My best to you and your family, and my heart with you to the ones you've lost.