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Friday, October 1, 2010

October...A Special Month

The month of October marks the national observance of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. This may be new information for some of you, while for others, it could be a month that you've acknowledged each year since your loss. I wanted to start out this month with a post acknowledging each of our children who've gone home to be with Jesus as we honor and remember them. Throughout the month, I will challenge you each to do something to honor your child. I would also love to hear your ideas!

For today, day one of this month dedicated to pregnancy and infant loss awareness, I felt it would be fitting to share the details of an upcoming event that you all may want to be a part of...

Walk to Remember
Mercy Hospital, East Tower Auditorium
October 10th @ 1:00 p.m.
Des Moines, Iowa

There will be an activity for children to start, followed by a remembrance ceremony and walk around Mercy's campus, ending up at their Memory Garden, dedicated to all the babies. Here is a picture from the walk in 2008, where we dedicated this stone which is engraved with We Remember Them...

We will also be having a couples/family social to follow where we will all go bowling! All are welcome, including children at your discretion. For example, we are bringing our oldest child who is 8 and leaving our 2-year-old with her grandparents. :) It is completely up to you. Check back on the blog for more details, as the bowling alley is yet to be determined!

For those of you who do not live in Iowa, I strongly encourage you to check and see if there are any events going on in your communities that you can get involved in! If not, create your own. It can be something as simple as lighting a candle and playing a song of remembrance with your own family to gathering other women who've "been there" to do something special.

I would love to hear what ideas you all have for honoring and remembering this October...leave your thoughts in the comments below!


Stephanie said...

It has been 6 years since we said goodbye to Vivian and I really enjoy doing little things to remember her. I am planning on the Walk to Remember with my friend who lost her son within 6 months of us losing our daughter. God brought us together years before we experienced our loss together and we enjoy remembering our babies together as we think of them enjoying Heaven together.

Jamie said...

If we're in Iowa that weekend I totally want to go to that, but if we go to visit family maybe I can do something special there. I didn't think of that idea of doing something there until reading this, so thanks!

Melissa said...

Thank you so much for the walk information. I'm keeping a list of October events for pregnancy and infant loss on Angel Bracelets' Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/notes.php?id=345965478856&notes_tab=app_2347471856#!/AngelBracelets?ref=sgm. I'll definitely add this one. Thank you for spreading the word about this important event.