October 15th - Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day
In 1988 Ronald Reagan proclaimed October Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. In 2006, October 15th became an official day of recognition by Congress - Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. It is a special day to honor and acknowledge pregnancies lost to miscarriage, stillbirth, ectopic pregnancy, prematurity complications, neonatal death, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), illness, accidents, and other tragic causes. Pink and light blue are the awareness colors.
It is my privilege to serve as the co-chair of the Bereavement Committee at the hospital where I work. This committee has a goal of raising pregnancy and infant loss awareness and supporting those affected by such a loss. Our committee consists of nurses, social workers, and our hospital chaplain. For the past several months, we have been planning our first ever ceremony to honor and remember the babies that have have been lost, not only in our hospital, but in our community due to the above mentioned circumstances. On Friday, October 15, 2010, our ceremony was held and it was a precious time for everyone involved.