A wife who loses a husband is called a widow. A husband who loses a wife is called a widower. A child who loses his parents is called an orphan. There is no word for a parent who loses a child. That’s how awful the loss is.”
― Jay Neugeboren, An Orphan’s Tale
The quote by Jay Neugeboren casts a dismal shadow on the month of October, designated as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month by Ronald Reagan. It was Reagan who said, “National Observance of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month offers us the opportunity to increase our understanding of the great tragedy involved in the deaths of unborn and newborn babies. It also enables us to consider how, as individuals and communities, we can meet the needs of bereaved parents and family members on work to prevent causes of these problems…”
Each year, as thousands of mothers will mourn the loss of their little ones, the compassionate hearts out there will grieve with those that grieve and try to provide comfort and sympathy to those in a state of devastation. There is hardly a better time to be there for someone than when a little heartbeat goes silent. Having experienced this several times in our own family, we know firsthand what it means for family to be close and to know that someone is standing by your side.
Local Infant Loss Ceremony
We at Visions of White had the privilege to provide a dove release at the Perinatal and Infant Loss Bereavement Ceremony sponsored by the Reading Hospital in Reading, PA. This was the 9th year for the ceremony to take place and each year the nurses work hard to add some light and warmth into the lives of those bereaved of their children. May they be richly rewarded for their heart warming contribution into so many lives.
Reach out, don’t forget. Pray with the hurting. Be there.