Tuesday, October 6, 2009

October...A Time to Remember

The month of October is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness month. It's a time to remember the thousands of children who are taken too soon every year. It's also a time to honor those families who are left with broken hearts, missing children that they never knew, or knew only for a little while. If you know someone who has suffered a tragedy of miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, or any other early infant death, let this month be a time to reach out to them. October 15th is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day so this would be a great time to do something special for someone.

I can't tell you how much it means to a mother for you to remember her child. You may know a friend, a family member, a co-worker, a teacher, a neighbor, a blog friend, or someone else who has suffered a loss. Why not do something special for them? No matter how long ago their loss was, there are so many great ways to honor them. A few suggestions: Give them a gift with their child's name on it....or maybe something with the date of birth, weight and length. It really means so much to receive something with your child's name on it! If they did not have a name, you could buy them an angel figurine, stuffed animal, personalized jewelry (maybe with the child's birthstone or engraved with a personal message), or something that may be a sweet reminder of their child. Even a card saying you are thinking of them this month is such a special thing to do. Don't be afraid of making them cry. I promise they will be touched that you remembered them.

October is the month that we lost our twins, so I know we will be remembering them as well as Noah and the others we have lost. I am also remembering friends and family members who have lost a child.

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