October is a month full of awareness. You may have heard of numerous groups supporting a specific cause over the month such as breast cancer, lupus, chiropractic health, dental hygiene, domestic violence and so on.
Another important topic we raise awareness to during October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss. As a loss mom, I understand how important it is to remember my child and I know how special it is when others remember her too.
Each year, my family and I celebrate my daughter’s birthday with a special cake, candle, and family time. We remember her at family gatherings, holidays, and other special family times. I know that other families like ours often remember their children in special ways but also know that parents new to the “loss” community may often feel alone in their journey and confused about what other families do to celebrate their children.
For parents who have lost a pregnancy, miscarried, lost a baby or child, there are so many ways to remember your child. Over the years, I’ve discovered so many special ways to honor my daughter’s memory.
- Hold a balloon release
- Volunteer for a special project or cause in memory of your child
- Butterfly release
- Register a star
- Remember and celebrate special dates (birth dates, anniversaries)
- Donate supplies to a local hospital
- Wear a special piece of jewelry
- Plant a memory garden
For families who have lost a child, one month is hardly enough time to spend remembering and raising awareness for our children. It’s important to honor and remember our children on a regular basis, regardless of whether we are fortunate enough to have them here or not.