Today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. On this day, everyone who has loved and lost a child is invited to participate in the Wave of Light by lighting a candle at 7pm and letting it burn for an hour. If everyone does this in each time zone, there will be a continuous wave of light across the world throughout the day.
Because I am away at a conference this weekend, last night I lit two candles—one for Leah, and one for the other angel babies whose names and legacies I have been privileged enough to learn about since joining the loss community four months ago. I have personally known some of these babies’ mothers for years, while others I have only gotten to know since my daughter’s death. Still others I only know from a distance through the stories they have generously shared through social media, online support groups, and the published word. Regardless of how long or how well I know these incredible mothers, we all share a resolute determination to love, honour, and remember our children, even when the world admonishes us to suppress our grief, let go, and move on.
And so, today I join my fellow loss mamas in a shared day of love and grief. Today I remember:
And all the other precious lives that ended far too soon, but still made an eternal imprint on our minds and hearts.
If there are loss moms and dads in your life, please remind them today that their babies will always be loved and never forgotten.