“God’s Providence is in all things, it’s always present.”
                                                               – Saint Gianna Beretta Molla

wave-of-ligh-tThis is a day of remembrance for pregnancy loss and infant death, which includes, but is not limited to, miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, and the death of a newborn. Oct. 15 is observed annually in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Italy and parts of Australia with remembrance ceremonies and candle-lighting vigils, concluding with the “Lights of Love” International Wave of Light, a worldwide lighting of candles that encompasses and spans the globe at 7pm. (local time) The official Awareness Colours of the cause are light pink and baby blue and are synonymous with the campaign’s awareness ribbon.

Read Archbishop Miller’s statement on Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. 

 

 

To lose a child is perhaps one of the most painful types of grief. Although death is always saddening, we can accept it more easily when it comes at the end of a long and well-lived life. To lose a child however, after a number of years; or a baby merely hours, days, weeks or months old is distressing and arduous. To suffer a still birth or a neonatal death, after carrying a child for months in the womb; whether the result of: a spontaneous abortion, an ectopic pregnancy, or a miscarriage, is also a, difficult and complex tragedy. To read more, check out St. Michael’s Centre Resources on Grief.

Additional Resources:

  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day
    In 2011  1,810 infants died within the first year after birth and 2,818 babies were stillborn.
  • Little Light of Heaven
    Faith, hope & healing after the loss of a baby during pregnancy, at birth, or as an infant or toddler.
  • Support for Couples and Families
    Elizabeth Ministry is an international movement offering encouragement, hope and healing on issues related to childbearing, sexuality and relationships.  For more information on Elizabeth Ministries and to contact a chapter in the Archdioces of Vancouver – click here.  
  • Morning Light Ministry
    Morning Light Ministry is a Catholic ministry for bereaved mothers and bereaved fathers who have experienced the death of their baby through ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death up to one year old.
  • Back in His Arms Again
    During a time of grief and pain, Back in His Arms Again is a ministry of collaborative resources providing care, compassion, faith, guidance, and support to those experiencing loss as well as those providing care. The resources provided by Back in His Arms Again are intended to lead families to resources who respect life from conception to natural death.

 


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