"When a child loses his parent, they are called an orphan. When a spouse loses her or his partner, they are called a widow or widower. When parents lose their child, there isn't a word to describe them." These powerful words were spoken by President Ronald Reagan when he declared October as National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month in 1988. Tragically, one in four pregnancies will end in miscarriage, and over 7,000 babies are born sleeping every single day. Furthermore, the number of babies that pass due to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) is staggering. These statistics and knowledge are numbing and surreal. President Ronald Reagan left behind the touching aforementioned quote that so eloquently and accurately describes a parent who has lost a child, that they cannot be described. There is simply no description, term, or label to be placed on such a colossal loss. It is encouraging that October has been the awareness month for 29 years now, and hopefully with each year passing, more people will come to understand the weight of this month’s message of remembrance. Along with the importance of this awareness month, there is an incredible organization called HEALing Embrace, that exists to provide families with resources, a listening ear, love to give, and stories to share that ignite a sense of belonging and togetherness, as the founders of the organization have experienced their very own magnitude of loss. They truly want each family to know that they are not alone, that there is help, and that there are other families going through similar experiences, which gives the clear message that the darkest moments in life can be shared in community. This blessed organization has provided such great care and attention to each family who so sorrowfully steps into this walk of loss, by extending help with funeral expenses, medical expenses, grief counseling, and postpartum care. They also provide stuffed teddy bears that are specifically weighted to the exact weight of the baby that was lost. This sentiment is of such great significance as it allows the family to move toward healing by being able to feel and hold the weight of the baby, which provides such a physical aspect of healing. HEALing Embrace also provides gift bags filled with tools and resources that are created to help with the healing process and transition back to home. With each new step after the loss of a baby, HEALing Embrace holds the grieving family in their comforting hands every step of the way. HEALing Embrace is part of a global outreach to create a world of connectedness for families of loss and provide a safe place where families can connect immediately with other families going through similar loss. We encourage you, if you know someone who has experienced the loss of a pregnancy or loss of a baby, please reach out to them with a hug, a helping hand, or simply sitting with them, and share the hope of HEALing Embrace.
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