Why Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day Matters

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Every year on October 15th, families around the world remember. If it's not a significant day to you, chances are you're not a part of this club, one no one asks to be a part of, but one that we take seriously if we've been made a member.

October 15th is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day – where we honor, celebrate, and remember babies who have passed away due to miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death, and other causes of infant loss. It's a day where the community of other families who have been touched by pregnancy and infant loss come together in the spirit of support and understanding to raise awareness and support for this often neglected subject of discussion.

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Whether you are just hearing about Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day or you'll be honoring alongside us, there are many reasons why this day matters for all of us.

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It encourages others to share their stories

For families who have lost their children, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day is a day where we're encouraged to share our stories. Let's be honest, hearing about people losing children in pregnancy or early childhood is not exactly fodder for great conversation, but those of us who have lost children crave talking about our kids. This day gives us an outlet where we're encouraged to share our stories — with the understanding that we will be supported, understood, and not alone.

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It raises awareness of the need for support

When it comes to support for pregnancy and infant loss, it's still very misunderstood how important the support is, how much it's needed, and how exactly to support those who are grieving. Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day helps raise awareness because others feel empowered and encouraged to talk about how and why to support those affected.

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It honors our babies

Hearing our babies' names is like music to our ears and I know I am not the only baby-loss parent who feels this way. Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day is a great way for us to honor our children who are no longer here — our babies who have been taken too soon. It's a time where we can celebrate their life and not have the grief triggers that are often associated with other dates like their birth date, due date, or other anniversaries.

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Why Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day Matters

Devan McGuinness is the founder of the online resource Unspoken Grief, which is dedicated to breaking the silence of perinatal grief for those directly and indirectly affected by miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death. Using her own experience of surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan has been actively supporting and encouraging others who are wading through the challenges associated with perinatal and neonatal loss. Winner of the 2012 Bloganthropy Award and named one of Babble's “25 bloggers wh ... More

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