Another year has gone by during which thousands upon thousands of women and couples have experienced the heartache of seeing that positive pregnancy test go negative. Many have been blindsided by not seeing a heartbeat at their first or even second ultrasound. Thousands of others have had an unexpected stillbirth, and endured delivering a sleeping baby. And still, many more have lost their baby to SIDS and illnesses.
It keeps happening, despite the pain and devastation it causes, and unfortunately it will continue happening.
So what can we do for those who have lost so much? How can we support them? Perhaps we can reach out with an old fashioned card, or even a phone call. We can say “I was thinking of you this week and wanted to check in. I’m here for you.”
Sometimes this can make a world of difference to people who thought they and their earth-shattering loss were forgotten.
Something we all can do together is create light where there was darkness. I would like to invite you to join with other families across the world who will take part in the global ‘Wave of Light’. Simply light a candle at 7pm local time and leave it burning for at least 1 hour to join us in remembering all babies that have died too soon. This can be done individually or in a group, at home or in a communal space. Wherever you do this, you will be joining a global ‘Wave of Light’ in memory of all the babies who lit up our lives for such a short time.
This year I’m also inviting you to join a digital Wave of Light at 7pm local time on October 15. To get involved, take a photo of your candle and post it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #WaveOfLight at 7pm local time.