Many of you already know the topic of baby loss is one very close to my heart. This week provides a platform for many families in the UK and around the world to talk openly about the subject of and raise awareness of baby loss. There are over 40 charities supporting this event and it was debated in parliament last night. The key areas of focus this year are #simplysay campaigns helping people understand how to support loved ones during baby loss on what to say and what not to say. Other areas of focus are #breakthesilence all too often the subject of baby loss is avoided or kept quiet. It is still surrounded in taboo and awkwardness. There is also a key focus on improving the quality of support available to bereaved parents at any stage of pregnancy loss across the country.
This is a week to actively speak freely about your experiences, opening the door for others to do the same. But the conversation needs to continue. I am proud to say that a recent blog of mine has been published by the Huffington Post UK and I can only hope that it connects with a few to help them on their difficult journey.
Perhaps use this opportunity to take some time this week to connect with a friend you may know is having a hard time and let them know you are there for them, open up the conversation with employers and how they can help and reach out and ask for help if you need it. The impacts of this type of trauma are often lasting and highly significant to your mental wellbeing.
Baby Loss Awareness Week finishes each year on October 15th with the global ‘Wave of Light’.
October 15th is also International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day and is recognised across the world.
You can be involved by simply lighting a candle at 7pm local time and leave it burning for at least 1 hour to join in remembering all babies that have died too soon. This can occur at home or in a communal space, in a group or alone. Wherever you do this, you will be joining a global ‘Wave of Light’ in memory of all the babies who lit up our lives for such a short time.