Once upon a time, I welcomed the month of October purely for its natural beauty. The enchanting splendour of autumn leaves, atop the trees, floating weightlessly through the air and scattered all around us like golden confetti. Of course I still appreciate its beauty, but the significance of October is forever changed for me now. If fate had been more kind to me, October 2012 would have been the month I welcomed my precious daughter, Robyn Reese, into this world as a healthy, happy and beautiful baby girl… But sadly, she came silently, 3 months before. Now, October is the month I join the millions of families across the globe, participating in International Wave of Light, a worldwide lighting of candles in observation of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.
October 15th, is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day (PAILRD). In observation of PAILRD, everyone is invited to participate in the International Wave of Light, by lighting a candle at 7pm on October 15th in their respective time-zones, and keep it burning for at least one hour. This will result in a continuous chain of light around the world for at least 24 hours in honour and remembrance of the babies who died before, during or shortly after birth.
Thanks to 3 American women, Robyn Bear, Lisa Brown and Tammy Novak, who petitioned the Federal Government and governors across the 50 States, National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day was passed in the House of Representatives on September 28, 2006. Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, is now observed annually on October 15th in The USA, Canada, the UK, Italy and parts of Australia. Through the legislative campaigns of individuals worldwide, it’s only a matter of time before PAILRD becomes an international day of observation.
Visit the the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death (SANDS) Charity website for useful information on how best to support someone dealing with baby loss.