Monday, October 8, 2012

Pregnancy & Infant Loss Day 2012

I feel that this used to be something I wrote about a lot. 
When my wounds were fresh and my heart was still newly broken. I have journeyed through two miscarriages. I know the heartache and physical pain felt when your dream is taken away in the blink of an eye. I know what it is like to feel so alone and guilty. To feel like nobody understands, that there is nobody to talk to. I know what it is like...but I also know now that it's not true...

Did you know that there is one small day in October dedicated to pregnancy and infant loss remembrance/awareness? October 15th of each year there is something called the Wave of Light. At 7pm (whatever time zone you are in) a candle is lit for one short hour in honor of the life gone too soon. People from all over the world-seperated by time and space- coming together to support each other in one simple act.

Last year a friend of mine set up a large balloon release. There were over 200 names submitted  from people who had lost a child either during pregnancy or infancy. It ended up being an emotional event for her and all those involved. 

If you would like to see more photos or the documentary video created please check out the attached links.

This year I have been able to help her in collecting more names from families who have suffered a loss as well as setting up a walking event! We are walking to honor the lives of those babies lost to miscarriage, still birth, SIDS, birth defects, and any other form of infant loss.

We are accepting the names/dates of babies from anywhere in the world! To submit a name please visit here.

To participate in the day of walking event as either a local (Wautaga, TX) or "long distance" walker please register here. If you are in San Diego area and would like to participate I have set up a walking location in Carlsbad, please check out the Facebook event page for more info. We will be walking for one hour, registration is free and participants are suggested to wear light pink and/or baby blue which are the colors of the Babyloss ribbon. If you do decide to come we also ask that you print out this form with you to the event.

Participants have the option of gathering sponsors to help raise money for Art Cards. Each card purchased will be given to Dr offices, hospitals, birthing centers, and doulas to give to women experiencing a loss. The cards have a beautiful painting on the front and a message of comfort and sympathy on the back, along with available online resources for grief.
If you cannot make it to one of the set events you can still walk on your own in honor of those gone and those grieving.

Having suffered through our own losses, we believe that there is not better way to honor the all to short loves of our lost children than to turn our grief into something beautiful by reaching out and helping other women experiencing the heartache of baby loss. We understand and remember how isolating it can feel and knowing that there are others out there who have gone through the same thing greatly helps!

We would be honored if you entrusted us with the memory of your child. They will not be forgotten!