On October 25th, 1988, President Reagan designated the entire month of October as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. He said: “When a child loses a parent, they are called an orphan. When a spouse loses her or his partner, they are called a widow or widower. When parents lose their child, there isn’t a word to describe them.”
Since then, other countries including, Canadian provinces, followed suit and declared October as a pregnancy and infant loss awareness month. The observance month offers a way to increase our understanding of the great tragedy involved in the deaths of unborn and newborn babies.
In Canada, October 15th campaign aims at raising awareness for a variety of issues that are the direct result of the death of a child, either before birth (during pregnancy) or after birth. Across Canada, events will be organized to honor all the babies who were lost too soon.
There are no instructions on how to grieve and heal the pain of a loss of a child. However, there is comfort in knowing other people are going through the same emotions as you. Online and in-person support groups who may offer ways to ease the pain.
If you know someone who is grieving the loss of a baby or pregnancy, here are a few ideas on how to support the bereaved parents.
Talking about your emotions with a person you trust, or a counselor may also be helpful.
Our clinic works with several grief counselors who can help you and your loved ones with the healing process. Contact us for more details.