Wednesday, October 15th, is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, but you know that already because you read my blog. And so many of you supported us by remembering our sweet baby G, along with many other babies who are no longer here. I want to thank you for your support — for us always and for so many others who come here for this great community. Thank you for loving on mamas and families like us.
Here was our Morgan family candle ::
On this Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, I’m lighting a candle on remembrance of our son, Gabriel, and all the other precious babies who are not here. I hope tonight that all mamas who have lost a baby know they are loved and their baby is remembered.
October 15th is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. I seriously cannot believe it has been a year since we marked this day in 2013. It’s crazy how a day I didn’t even know existed, is now marked pretty big on my calendar. I’m a big supporter of this day. I think it’s really important to take the opportunity to remember women and families who have lost a baby. It’s easy to feel forgotten and alone when you’ve lost so big. Especially when we are surrounded by people who have what we so desperately longed for. Our family has been so incredibly blessed by so many people as we walked through losing our son in 2014. The love and support we’ve been shown has blown us away. I know many women who don’t have any support. Not from a husband, family, or anyone. Today is a day to share hope with all the women who have lost, and especially these women who really need to see some love. It’s all around us. One in four women will have a miscarriage. That number doesn’t even include stillbirths or neonatal loss. It’s all too prevalent. Let’s spend today taking time to remember the babies who are no longer here with us.
So today, just like last year, I am asking you to light a candle. At 7 pm tonight [or another time if that doesn’t work for you!] light a candle wherever you are in remembrance of a baby who is no longer here and to give hope to their parents. Then send a picture of that candle — text, email, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or anything else you want to us to help spread awareness of infant loss and most importantly share hope. Help mamas know they aren’t alone. I cannot wait to put all of the pictures together to see the beauty that is people coming together, encouraging, and sharing the burden of loss. Thank you for loving us, thank you for loving others, and thank you for remembering our sweet Gabriel. We can’t wait to see your candles!!
And in case I haven’t adequately expressed how much last year’s candle lighting meant to me, here is something I wrote on October 16th last year ::
I want to thank you all so so very much for remembering Gabriel last night. I was BLOWN AWAY by the love. That is what hope is. I wish I could have bottled last night up so I could take a big whiff of it whenever I needed encouragement. We feel so loved and so blessed to have people who not only haven’t forgotten our baby but also took the time out of their lives to do a kind act for him and us. So touched.
Tonight I will be lighting a candle at 7:00 and remembering many babies. I will remember a sweet little baby who just passed away a few days ago. I will remember twin boys who passed away a handful of years ago. I will remember a baby girl who passed away just over a year ago. I will remember a baby girl who’s parents fought so hard to keep her here. I will remember a sweet baby who passed away in the womb. I will remember my friend who had an ectopic pregnancy almost a year ago. I will remember the women who are pregnant with a baby who they know won’t live. I will remember the women who have had a miscarriage. Many friends of mine who have known that pain. There are a lot of little and significant lives to remember today especially.
Whew, I’m barely getting this one in. It’s 11:33 pm on the 16th, and I just started typing this post. It will be short and sweet – minus the sweet part.
Today has been a whirlwind of a day. Still recovering from surgery leaves me bribing and begging my 2 year old to do things. I’m not supposed to lift anything heavier than a jug of milk, so lifting my 36 pound child is out of the question. So diaper changes, clothing changes, car seat getting into, and discipline actions are all subject to the will of a two year old. Awesome.
He’s actually been great this week though. That makes it a lot easier. And I don’t want to totally out him on the interwebs but some serious developments in the potty training world happened last night. Heres to hoping it’s not an isolated event.
I had the privilege of spending this afternoon and evening with my family, including my Grandfather. He is a precious man, and he fiercely loved my Granny – his wife of 62 years and 8 months. My heart is breaking for him, and I am so inspired by him. To see that kind of love before your eyes is a rare thing in this world that we live in. And I’m so proud to be his granddaughter, and am so thankful for the example he and Granny have set for all of us in their marriage. Thank you for praying for him and for the rest of my family. And thank you for your prayers for my Granny. She passed away Tuesday morning. There is a great hole in our family now. I’m so thankful for God’s presence and goodness over these past 5 days.
I want to thank you all so so very much for remembering Gabriel last night. I was BLOWN AWAY by the love. That is what hope is. I wish I could have bottled last night up so I could take a big whiff of it whenever I needed encouragement. We feel so loved and so blessed to have people who not only haven’t forgotten our baby but also took the time out of their lives to do a kind act for him and us. So touched. I’ve got a whole post to write on it, and I can’t wait to share about all of the candles we got to see!
So until I get that written, here is our picture from last night.
It’s October 15th, which means it is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. Let’s celebrate! Last week I asked if you would light a candle tonight at 7 pm [your time zone] in remembrance of our Gabriel. Tonight is the night! So please, take a few moments to light a candle in honor of our baby and for all of those who have lost a baby. I know many of you will be lighting a candle because you or a loved one have lost a baby. Know that I will be lighting mine along with you.
We would love to see your candle! Please send me a picture – email, comment here, facebook, twitter, instagram. Anything! We want to encourage moms and dads that their babies are remembered, even when they think they aren’t. Help us remember sweet babies in the Wave of Light tonight. Cannot wait to see all the candles glowing brightly. It brings hope to my heart and the hearts of other mamas who have lost their babies to know that people – friends, family, strangers – are remembering our precious children who aren’t here to be remembered every day.