October 15th is observed annually around the world as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. The day is observed with candle-lighting vigils including the Lights of Love International Wave of Light, a worldwide lighting of candles that encompasses and spans the globe at 7:00 pm (local time). There is also a Hearts Release event that takes place on October 20th for families anywhere in the world to contribute their beloved babies’ names to be handwritten onto tiny, recyclable paper hearts that will later grow into flowers.
I, like many women have suffered miscarriage and wanted to take this opportunity to share some resources and thoughts:
If you are currently suffering a loss please reach out for support. If you feel like you aren't getting all the answers from your healthcare provider, find a doula or birth support who is trained in caring for women going through pregnancy loss. While miscarriage is a common and natural occurrence, not everyone knows what to expect from the process and what their choices may be.
StillBirthDay.com has many resources for all stages of loss including advice on how loved ones can support and express sympathy for those experiencing loss: https://stillbirthday.com/familyfriends/
The photo in this post is one my own from a series called "Little One". Even though the artichoke flower is dry and done blooming, the little one remains part of the plant. Today I am remembering my little one who passed and holding a place in my heart for all those going through pregnancy and infant loss.