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National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

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National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

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When a baby dies before it is born or soon after birth, parents are burdened with the task of saying goodbye to someone they barely had a chance to know. They must accept that a life has ended, even though it barely began.

Pregnancy brings with it a number of expectations, dreams and fantasies – parents spend months planning not just the birth of their child, but also his or her life in all the years to come. Now, just as both parents are emotionally preparing to welcome a child into the world, they must instead accept the loss of both the baby and all of their expectations for their future.

For parents of infants, their home may be filled with baby clothes, bottles and a crib. Even before one can accept their baby’s death, they must accept his or her life — their existence as a person.

No matter how brief a baby’s life, parents have just as much right to grieve as any other bereaved parent. In fact, it is an integral part of the mourning and healing process.

President Ronald Reagan officially announced October as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month and at 7pm on October 15th, one can join the worldwide Wave of Light by lighting a candle and keeping it burning bright. We also invite you to share here your stories and light virtual candles in memory and celebration of your baby’s life.

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