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International Wave of Light October 15, 2013 at 7 p.m.
a blog by Julie Monacelli, October 15, 2013
In the last 20+ years that I have worked in emergency services, I have responded to many requests for help. I’m grateful for the calls that are simple broken bones or lacerations that will mend with relative ease in a few weeks. I’ve cared for thousands of people in those decades, and the majority of the time I can recall some details of every call. I think most paramedics can. But, I guarantee every time I have heard the wailing of a mother as I worked on a child lost, I can recount every moment of my time with them. I have hundreds of memories in my head of little people, some too small to take their first breath and thousands more that were never held by their parents; some ending before their heartbeat even flickered on a screen. Today is an annual day of remembrance for pregnancy loss and infant death, including, but certainly not limited to miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS or the death of a newborn; a day to extend our thoughts and condolences to parents, many of whom have suffered a loss after a long battle with infertility.
From 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in each time zone around the world, will you join me as we mark International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day with a wave of light by lighting a candle to remember the little ones that have passed?
For support and information on Pregnancy and Infant Loss, check out the following resources:
Miscarriage Channel on FertilityAuthority.com
Pregnancy Loss and Miscarriage forum on FertileThoughts.com
October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month