Today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

In 1988, President Ronald Reagan had proclaimed the whole month of October as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. In 2006, Congress supported Ms. Bear’s proposal to create one day of remembrance in the middle of that month because, as stated in their resolution, “each year, approximately one million pregnancies in the United States end in miscarriage, stillbirth, or the death of a newborn baby.”

Unlike the terms “widow” and “orphan,” no one word describes a woman who has lost a child. Without a simple term, the loss often goes unsaid. Unless you wear a T-shirt emblazoned with your children’s names or tattoo them on your wrist, you rarely speak their names aloud no matter how much you need or want to tell others. And for women who have struggled with pregnancy loss, there seems even less place to mention the love they feel for babies they will never have.

Please light a candle from 7pm to 8pm in your time zone and with this wave of light we can remember those children whose brief time with us have touched our lives forever.

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4 comments on “Today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day
  1. stickfus says:

    Reblogged this on My Life of Infertility and commented:
    This means a lot to many people!

  2. Kasey says:

    I will definitley be lighting my candles tonight ❤

  3. oc15 says:

    Reblogged this on Hello My Name is: Tubeless and commented:
    I forgot to burn my candle tonight but now my birthday candles have a whole other meaning.

    i will never forget the babies i have lost. the babies lost by my fellow bloggers. the babies lost to strangers i will never meet.

    from now on, when i blow out my candles, part of my “make a wish” will now always include a wish of strength to all the women who have suffered this great loss.

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