October 15th is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.
Today is a day to remember the babies who were born asleep, or whom we carried but never met, or those we have held but could not take home, or the ones who made it home, but didn’t stay.
This day is observed with remembrance ceremonies and candle-lighting vigils, and concludes with the International Wave of Light, a worldwide lighting of candles at 7:00 p.m.
Baby loss is still a taboo subject, but it shouldn’t be. It happens. Babies die, every day. It isn’t a tragedy reserved for third world countries. It’s not something that pregnant mamas, or parents who are trying to conceive, like to think about, but it is reality.
By breaking the silence and talking openly about pregnancy and baby loss, I keep our lost little Clara in my heart and in my mind. I tell her story because I am her mother, and this is the only way I can parent my baby.
Light a candle tonight and remember all babies who are no longer with their parents.
Remember Clara Edith Webb… loved, lost, and remembered, always.