In October 1988, President Ronald Reagan Proclaimed October as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. "When a child loses his parent, they are called an orphan. When a spouse loses her or his partner, they are called a widow or widower. When parents lose their child, there isn't a word to describe them. This month recognizes the loss so many parents experience across the United States and around the world. It is also meant to inform and provide resources for parents who have lost children due to miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, molar pregnancy, stillbirths, birth defects, SIDS, and other causes."
I found out about October 15th Day of Rememberance on 10/15/09, the day I was told that, "You had what we call a 'missed miscarriage.'" Our baby was born to Heaven a few days later. It was the beginning of a devastating period of our lives. Two years later on 11/9/11, more devastating news, another miscarriage.
Tonight at our Church we will have a Prayer Service and Rosary for all babies born too soon. I have been praying and praying that we have people show up. It is in God's hands now, but our two little Saints are interceding for us and know how important it is for families to not feel sad forever.
A little bit of Heaven
Came to both of you one day,
Then soon this little breath of God
Was suddenly snatched away;
The joy you built within your hearts
Has now turned into grief,
You feel that nothing found in life
Could ever bring relief.
Nay, parents, if you'll meditate
You'll find it otherwise,
The grief you have is really
But a blessing in disguise;
The waters of eternal life,
Have freed your babe of taint,
`Twas meant by God that you
Should be the parents of a saint.
Sister Mary Assunta, OSF 1962