9. show you remember.

October is SIDS, Pregnancy, and Infant Loss Awareness month.  I did not know that before this year, and now I will be celebrating alongside many others.  It is a time to remember our babies for those of us who have lost a child, and to remember and help your loved ones celebrate the life of their baby for those with a loved one who has lost a child.


How perfect that this lines up with my 31 Days of Hope series this October.  What could be more hopeful than remembering and celebrating the lives of babies who are in Heaven?  So this year I am asking for your help to remember, too.


On October 15th at 7 pm, in all time zones, people will be lighting candles in remembrance of their babies.  There will be flames burning for hours to celebrate.  Here is what the First Candle website states:


On October 15, at 7:00 pm in all time zones, families around the United States will light candles in memory all of the precious babies who have been lost during pregnancy or in infancy.  Too many families grieve in silence, sometimes never coming to terms with their loss.

If you or someone you know has suffered a miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss due to SIDS/SUID, prematurity or other cause, we hope you will join us in this national tribute to create awareness of these tragic infant deaths and provide support to those that are suffering. 

These words and more information can be found on their website here.

pregnancy and infant loss by Shana Smith

Will you help?  Wherever you are, will you light a candle at 7 pm on October 15th in celebration of our baby Gabriel?  And to celebrate and help everyone who has lost a baby – through miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death – remember their sweet little one.

We would love to see the celebration!  If you light a candle, will you take a picture and send it to us!  You can email it to me, tag me on facebook, tweet it, or instagram it, or post it here.  We would love to see people celebrating Gabriel with us all over the country!

Thank you so much!


Joining the Nester for 31 Days of writing in October.

Catch up on all of my 31 Days of Hope posts here.