Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

Stillborn - Sarah Woosley

Stillborn - Sarah Woosley - (C) 2007

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day is celebrated on October 15th of each year. President Ronald Reagan proclaimed October as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month in October 1988. “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.”

Robyn Bear, Founder, Lisa Brown, Co-Founder, and Tammy Novak, Co-Founder of www.october15th.com envisioned a day when all grieving parents could come together and be surrounded by love and support from their friends and families, a day where the community could better understand their pain and learn how to reach out to those grieving. This would be a day to reflect on the loss yet embrace the love. While our babies’ lives were to brief, they were also very meaningful. yet, their was not a time to talk about them.

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day was established to provide support, education and awareness for those who are suffering or may know someone who has suffered a miscarriage, an ectopic pregnancy, a still birth, or the loss of an infant. Everyone is invited to light a candle on October 15th at 7pm in all time zones, all over the world.

If everyone lights a candle at 7pm and keeps it burning for at least one hour, there will be a continuous wave of light over the entire world on October 15th. (www.october15th.com)