Helping people to recognise the intense grief, devastating loss and sense of alienation bereaved parents experience is one of the key aims of Baby Loss Awareness Week, which runs until October 15th.
The UK Baby Loss Awareness Campaign was set up by a group of parents in 2002 who wanted other parents experiencing such a loss to appreciate that they are not alone.
They have timed this year's campaign to coincide with the International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day on October 15th.
Throughout the week volunteers will host a number of events so that parents who have lost a baby know that that there is help and support available to help them with their grieving.
The campaign is urging people tcross the globe to show support by taking part in the 'Wave of Light'. The idea is to light a candle at 7.00pm on October 15th and let it burn for at least an hour in remembrance of all the babies that have died during pregnancy, at, during or after birth. Further information can befound at www.babyloss-awareness.org/aboutus.htm.
National services of remembrance for parents who have lost babies at any stage during pregnancy are also being held at churches across the UK, by an organisation aptly called Saying Goodbye.
Set up by parents Zoe and Andy Clarke-Coates, who have personally lost five babies, these free services are being run with the support of the Miscarriage Association, Bliss and Tommy's. The next service will be held in Birmingham on October 28th and grandparents, other relatives and friends of the parents who have experiences the loss are all welcome to attend. For further information visit www.sayinggoodbye.org
Click here to read our guest blog from Emma Savage, founder of Rainbow Babies Playgroup, a playgroup specially set up for bereaved parents.
Posted by Penny.Hosie@pavpub.com