Friday, October 16, 2009

Remembering

In 1988 President Reagan declared October as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. Yesterday was Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. According to this website, the purpose of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day is to "promote Support, Education and Awareness for grieving parents nationwide."

I wholeheartedly agree with the following statement: "Too many families grieve in silence, sometimes never coming to terms with their loss. Our goal is to help others relate to our loss, know what to say, do or not say, not do and to help families live with their loss, not "get over" their loss."


Every time I hear the story of a loss, my heart hurts. Miscarriage, still born, ectopic, infant. Just in the last few weeks I know of two babies who were stillborn at full term. One of the babies was to be adopted and the adoptive parents are now grieving the loss along with their birth mom. the other was a young couple anxiously awaiting the birth of their first child.


Some people want to talk about their loss, while others quietly and silently grieve. If you know of someone who had a loss, please let them know you remember. They may choose not to share, but give them the opportunity to talk about their loss...because as a parent, you never forget.


This week in my Beth Moore Believing God study, Beth said that we frequently say "time heals." When the truth is that only God heals and God restores.

And God too, remembers.

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