National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day

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National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day

Dear Members,

Wednesday, October 15th, is pleased to offer you many opportunities to share in National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day. This day has been set aside to allow a time of reflection for those we have lost. Below you will find a series of special event chats taking place throughout the day. Please click on any of the banners to get more information, as well as find links to articles, our memorial wall, and more!

For many women, suffering a loss through miscarriage or stillbirth.... or even a later loss of an infant, they do not feel able to go through what would be normal grieving rituals. Most do not have funerals, public memorials, etc. that allow one to say goodbye. Most are hardly acknowledged by family or friends -- muchless *outsiders*.

Women are expected to pick up and move on. "Just have another baby" they are told, as if you are replacing a broken toy.

A women discovering a pregnancy, even those not exactly planned for, will find that their thoughts project dreams, a future. Will he have my eyes? His daddy's smile? Will she be a star athlete or perhaps prefer my passion for books? There are those milestones that are thought of -- from first kicks, to first tooth; first steps to first day at school.

And then one day it is over. Gone. You are suddenly robbed of that chance of inhaling that sweet baby smell. You long for those 2 a.m. feedings; for dirty diapers; for sticky fingerprints. You long for one more day where the world was *right*.

Whether you have experienced a recent loss, one many years ago, or even are just wanting to be a friend to someone who has, we hope that this day will present a path to healing.

We also have a series of Images & Buttons available to express your support of this day's events. You are encouraged to use these within your posts or signatures.

We hope to see you there! Speaking personally, this day always offers me a chance to gather my thoughts and acknowledge the children I have lost. It is an extremely healing experience.

Take care,