October 15th, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness/Remembrance Day and Wave of Light

(Topic: Pregnancy and Infant Loss, remembrance, grief) Dear Friends, Once a year, when October rolls around, the story that is a constant part of my life gets talked about a bit more, and noticed by more people who haven’t been through it. This is because October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month – it

Awareness Ribbon Shirt

(Topic: Grief, being in public, explaining) Hi Friends, Remember this shirt? A few days ago, I talked about how I altered the sleeves. Today I want to talk about wearing it. Here’s a picture of the front: I first wore this in public on Mother’s Day last year, and have worn it occasionally since. One

Sophia’s Wings walk/fundraiser

(Topic: Memorial walks for infant loss) Hi Friends, This is about something that happened last fall, that for some reason I hadn’t gotten around to writing about. In October, which is PAIL awareness month (Pregnancy And Infant Loss), many organizations hold memorial services or memorial walks, and occasionally fundraisers (and sometimes the walks have minor

How common is Pregnancy Loss?

(Topic: Pregnancy and Infant Loss Statistics) Introduction This is another shareable post! Please feel free to share the link to this blog or this post specifically. In honor of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, I am focusing on topics that will help friends of families going through the loss of a baby, geared toward

What can I say? Ideas on how to talk to and help a grieving friend

(topic: loss, grief, communication, helping) Introduction This is a post in my series of posts honoring Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. My goal is for these posts to be shareable – if you are a loss parent, I hope you find this post helpful to share with your friends to help them understand you,

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

(Topic: loss, grief, awareness) What is this Awareness Month? This month is a special one in the USA, but I don’t know if other countries officially observe it. Back in 1988, President Reagan specified October as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month (Full text of the official declaration at this link). The idea is to