October 5 2020
This month our theme is “Whole, But Not the Same.” On October 25, 1988, President Ronald Reagan declared October as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. In his remarks he said, “When a child loses his parent, they are called an orphan. When a spouse loses her or his partner, they are called a widow or widower. When parents lose their child, there isn't a word to describe them. This month recognizes the loss so many parents experience across the United States and around the world. It is also meant to inform and provide resources for parents who have lost children due to miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, molar pregnancy, stillbirths, birth defects, SIDS, and other causes.” Parents who experience these losses can go on to be whole again, but they will not be the same. We hope you join us and the Footprints in the Field group on October 15 at 6:30 p.m. for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day: A Virtual Gathering. I’ll talk more about the Footprints in the Field group next week, but until then, please visit their Facebook page @FootprintsInTheField.