Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance DayDevan McGuinness
Tomorrow marks an important day for many who have been touched by miscarriage, stillbirth and infant loss. Tomorrow marks a day where those who feel silenced and feel the stigma of showing their grief find comfort in others.
October 15th marks Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. Observed in the United States and Canada (& in some parts of the UK now) many who have lost a child through miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, or neonatal death participate in remembrance ceremonies and the International Wave of Light ceremony.
Click to read some of the ways families may be remembering their children and more about the International Wave of Light
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance day began in the United States in 2002 and was recognized in Canada in 2005. Though not internationally legislated it is becoming a widely recognized day of observation.
A few ideas on how you can participate:
Balloon Release: releasing balloons filled with messages of love with your friends, family or community
Visiting Memorial: visit your child’s place of memorial with friends and family
Planting trees/flowers: planting flowers or trees in memory of your child no longer here can bring comfort in watching something grow
Awareness walks: there are many walks scheduled in the US and Canada to help raise awareness. find one in your area or organize your own
Sponsoring Ceremonies: sponsoring a candle lighting ceremony in your community to raise awareness
Butterfly releases: releasing butterflies is a symbol some may find comfort in.
International Wave of Light:
The International Wave of Light invites participants from around the world to light a candle in honor of their children lost through miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS or neonatal death. Starting at 7pm in your own time zone the International Wave of Light participants keep their candles lit for at least one hour in memorial. The result of this wave of light is a continuous wave spanning the globe for a 24 hour period.
Will you be participating in Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day? I would love to invite you to share your photos of your day and your candles on the Unspoken Grief Facebook Page.