Time to raise awareness of baby loss heartbreak

Baby Loss Awareness Week runs from October 9 to 15.
Baby Loss Awareness Week runs from October 9 to 15.
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There are many people whose lives have been touched by the death of a baby before or just after birth.

For families affected by such tragedy, Baby Loss Awareness Week from October 9 to 15, is an opportunity for them to acknowledge and remember their precious baby.

It is also a chance to raise awareness of the emotional impact of stillbirth, deaths of babies during pregnancy and the loss of infants.

Across the country, parents and support groups run by stillbirth and neonatal death charity Sands will be holding remembrance services, fundraising events and wearing Baby Loss Awareness pins in memory of their children.

The week ends with an international Wave of Light on Wednesday October 15 when candles will be lit across the globe as part of the international Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day.

A Sands spokesman said: “Lighting a candle for a baby who has died is a very poignant and special way to remember them.

“We are asking people simply to light a candle at 7pm on October 15 and leave it burning for at least one hour to join us in remembering all babies that have died during pregnancy, as well as at, during or after birth.

“You can do this with the knowledge that there are many others across the globe doing the same thing.”

You can obtain special edition tea lights from Sands and then light it individually or in a group, at home or in a communal space.

Families around the world will be uniting with others in honour of those babies who lit up their lives for such a short time.

Carolyn Bray, fundraising manager for Sands, said: “We are very excited to be leading Baby Loss Awareness Week into a new phase, with the campaign now in its 13th year. During the week, we will be giving families the opportunity to join with others and remember their babies, whether in public or private, anywhere in the world.

“We hope this week will help families feel less isolated and alone in their heartache because when your baby dies, it is a cruel and devastating loss.

“Often there has been little time to get to know your child, to create cherished memories and have something to look back on in the good times.

“It is total emptiness when a baby dies, filled only by unbearable pain and longing, and for each one of those babies, there are so many shattered lives. The parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, all those who were there to help through pregnancy and birth.

“Everyone is affected and the sense of loss ripples outwards, so we want to remember all these precious and wonderful babies, along with all the people who will love and miss them for ever.”

Baby Loss Awareness Week is a campaign led by Sands in association with other charities, including the Miscarriage Association and the Lullaby Trust.

For more details, go to www.babyloss-awareness.org