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Honoring the Child You Lost :: Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance 2016

October is set aside to bring awareness to the roughly 25% of pregnancies that do not reach full-term, with October 15 specifically designated as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. We feel the loss of our babies, whether it’s marked on the calendar or not, but often it can feel as if you’re the only one remembering.

“When a child loses his parent, they are called an orphan. When a spouse loses her or his partner, they are called a widow or widower. When parents lose their child, there isn’t a word to describe them. This month recognizes the loss so many parents experience across the United States and around the world. It is also meant to inform and provide resources for parents who have lost children due to miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, molar pregnancy, stillbirths, birth defects, SIDS, and other causes.” – President Ronald Reagan proclaiming October as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, October 1988

pregnancy and infant loss awareness month - forever loved, never forgotten - columbia sc moms blog

Those little lives, however brief, made an impact. The people who know you, know a different you than who you might have been because of what you’ve been through. Those babies mattered and they made a mark on your heart and your life. We’d like to help you visually mark those little lives. If you’d like to add your baby to the wall we have on our site, we would be honored to remember them with you.

You can email us with the date {or month} and name you’d like added. If you’d simply like to add a date, that’s fine as well – however you’d like to list your little one, we will add it in. Send your email, marked Forever Loved to [email protected] — we’ll be adding names throughout the month of October.

Thankfully, the aloneness that parents feel after a loss is beginning, ever so slightly, to dissipate as more and more people dare to speak publicly about miscarriage and stillbirth, and provide places and ways to come together and find others on the same road. Here in the Midlands are several events this year where you can meet others at different places on the journey called Loss. All are free of charge.

We will keep this wall linked with the above picture on our sidebar during October, but you will always be able to access the page by saving the link.

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