Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Day

I am going through a normal day and begin to feel “different.” I pretty much brush it aside and continue throughout the day. Then I am so tired I can barely keep my eyes open. I panic. Could it be? Surely not. A few days later, I feel horrible pains in my lower abdomen. A few hours later, I?m left with the reality that I have just miscarried……again. I wish I could say this wasn?t a familiar tale with me. The truth is that I had gone through the same thing just five weeks earlier and again a few years before. The pain ran deep.
The reality is that there are so many families that experience a loss from a miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or sids. Many grieve in silence. Robyn Bear saw this reality through many personal losses and decided that something had to be done. In 1988 with the support of President Ronald Reagan she declared October as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. This vigil is observed around the world. And on October 15th you may light a candle in remembrance of your baby at 7:00pm whatever your timezone and leave it lit for one hour. If someone from every timezone does this, there will be a continuous wave of light honoring the babies.
There is such an event being held at Trinity International University this year. The event will take place on Saturday, October 15th from 6:30pm-8:00pm in the lower level of the ATO Chapel Building. All that have personally experienced a loss, know someone that has or would like to simply come to show support are encouraged to attend. There will be personal stories from families, music, prayer time, a candle-lighting ceremony, a short message from a pastor and light refreshments. Please make others aware who would benefit from this very special event. If you have any questions you may contact me or the church office.
Guest blogger: Melissa Reddin