October may mean something different to many of us. Maybe more frequent visits to the dentist, or pumpkin spice everything, and an occasional cannon ball into a massive pile of fall leaves. I would bet a lot of people though, may not associate October with the fact it is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.
In 1988, President Ronald Reagan declared October as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month saying, "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." (October15th.com)
Mr. Reagan may have been a crappy actor, but he was compassionate and his words came from a place of familiarity of that infinite pain. I am unsure if this is documented, but I am all but certain either he, or someone close to him had experienced this firsthand. He is right though, there is no name for those parents who have had to grieve the loss of child. No word in the English vocabulary can capture the weight of the meaning. And there is no name for the 1 in 5 couples who have miscarried or lost.
That is why for the next month we turn over our blog to those who have bravely shared their story. All of these voices sum up the raw pain and loss that was experienced, some of these guest posts will also shed some new light and hope that you can survive and live on to honor these angels who have gained their wings all too soon.
During our October guest post series, our site will be doing a behind the scenes remodel. We waited to add in tabs for resources and convert it over to a .com versus a blogspot. Hence why we are finally making the change from Blogger to self-hosted WordPress. So for those who are weekly readers be on the lookout for these soon to come new enhancements! I am excited about the change and hope you all like the new layout and look. Also, I am not sure how it will affect those who subscribe via email, but I can imagine we will be working out some bugs once I cross that bridge. Fingers crossed!