Thursday, October 7, 2010
A month for us to remember
It seems like every cause out there has its own month these days. Take October, for instance. October is the Awareness Month for Breast Cancer, Down Syndrome, Domestic Violence, AIDS, Hispanic Heritage, Jazz, Child Abuse, and Cyber Security, among others. But this is also our month, for parents of babies in heaven. October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. It was so named by President Reagan in 1988, and since 2001, both Congress and State governors have regularly recognized October 15 as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. The official "ribbon" for PAIL Awareness Month is pink on one side and blue on the other. October 15th is often marked with remembrance walks, memorial services, and candlelighting in memory of the babies who left this earth far too soon. You can find out information about activities in your area at http://www.october15th.com/. If you live in Columbia, come to the Heart and Hands Forever Memorial Walk at Riverfront Park this Sunday. If there are no events near you, consider having your own candlelight ceremony, as a couple, or with friends and family, and know that thousands of other parents are lighting candles and remembering their babies with you. You are not alone!