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Thursday, October 15, 2009

October 15 is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

History of this day:

OFFICIAL WORLDWIDE website of October 15th, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

October 15th was created to provide support, education and awareness for those who are suffering or may know someone who has suffered a miscarriage, an ectopic pregnancy, a still birth, or the loss of an infant. We hope that we can help you by giving you and all of the other parents, grandparents, siblings, relatives, and friends a special day of remembrance. This special day of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance is October 15th of every year.

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day is to promote Support, Education and Awareness for grieving parents nationwide (and worldwide).

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.

In October 1988, President Ronald Reagan Proclaimed
October as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss
Awareness Month. "When a child loses his 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. This month recognizes the loss so many parents
experience across the United States and around the
world. It is also meant to inform and provide resources
for parents who have lost children due to miscarriage,
ectopic pregnancy, molar pregnancy, stillbirths, birth
defects, SIDS, and other causes."
Blue Mountain Arts,

Robyn Bear, founder of, and founder of October 15th, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day envisioned a day when all grieving parents could come together and be surrounded by love and support from their friends and families, a day where the community could better understand their pain and learn how to reach out to those grieving. This would be a day to reflect on the loss yet embrace the love. While our babies’ lives where so brief, they were also very meaningful. Yet, there was not a time to talk about them. Our society seemed to forget or perhaps, simply didn't know how to reach out. Since October had been proclaimed "Awareness Month", she chose a day, in the middle of the month to become, "Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day".

We are asking everyone in all times zones, worldwide, to join us in a candle lighting ceremony at 7pm on October 15th. For more information, please visit

Our Mission Statement:

To diligently work with local, state and national leaders to obtain a National Day of Remembrance recognizing the need for community education and awareness when a family loses a child to miscarriage, stillbirth, and/or neonatal death. While promoting the need for openness,
understanding and compassion during a family's time of grief and most importantly, allowing those who wish, to remember these children who we now hold dear.

Goals of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day:

To have information and support available to families who suffer from pregnancy and infant loss, to help them cope.

• To inform and educate the public about pregnancy and infant loss so they can better learn how to respond with
compassion to affected families.

• To enable professionals, physicians, clergy, emergency medical technicians, funeral directors, police officers, public health nurses, and employers, to better serve families if they have special training and better knowledge of pregnancy and infant loss.

• To set aside a day to remember all pregnancies and infants lost in order to heal and be comforted in a time of pain and heartache, and to have hope for the future.


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