October is designated as Pregnancy and Infant Loss month. It’s a time for everyone who has been touched by the awful experience of still birth, miscarriage, or infant death to reflect and honor the memory of loved ones gone far too soon.
If you would like to help, there is no shortage of ways to show support.
Here is an article from Still Standing Magazine that lists 10 Ways to Honor Your Friend’s Child. The publication is an excellent resource for the topic of surviving child loss and infertility.
The March of Dimes, which is best known for its long-standing commitment to helping facilitate full-term births and healthy babies, also offers grief and loss resources for parents.
Here are a few other resources and support services to check out:
Supporting the Family After the Death of a Child — from journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Remembering Our Babies — the official site for PAIL Remembrance Day, which is Oct. 15 (this Wednesday)
The STILL Project — the site for a documentary designed to break the silence surrounding pregnancy and infant loss
Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep — remembrance photography and emotional support for parents and medical caregivers
Project Heal — one mom’s contribution to the goals of self-care and wholehearted living in the aftermath of losing a child
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome — the National Institutes of Health page on SIDS information