Pregnancy and Infant loss
As some of you may know October is pregnancy and infant loss awareness month and on Thursday the 15th people across the world will be taking part in the wave of light. At 7pm in their respective times zones people will be lighting candles that they will leave burning for at least one hour resulting in a continuous wave of light that will span the world for 24 hours in honor of the children lost during pregnancy or shortly after birth.
Miscarriage and infant death are heartbreaking and difficult subjects to talk about but highlighting them during this month of remembrance is bringing these tragedies out in to the open and is helping people realise they are not alone.
Before I was lucky enough to have my beautiful little girl I suffered two first trimester miscarriages and it wasn’t until I had experienced it myself that family and friends started telling me there experiences. I had no idea that so may people I cared about had suffered in this terrible way. Speaking to them about it really helped me understand that it was ok to feel sad and mourn my loss even though it was the loss of someone I had never met.
If you or someone you know has suffered a loss and you need help and support there are a number of organisations that you can contact including the Miscarriage Association http://www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk/ and Sands – Stillbirth and Neonatal death charity https://www.uk-sands.org/
Pregnancy or infant death may never affect you directly but I can guarantee it has affected someone you know. If you would like to show your support then please join in tomorrow night with the wave of light by lighting your candle at 7pm. I will be.