Break the silence: Miscarriage, stillbirth and infant death
Written by Head of Communications, Francesca Coles:
On Monday at 7pm, we joined the Global Wave of Light that marked the end of Baby Loss Awareness Week. Our candle glowed as we remembered all the angel babies who never got to go home, or spent all too brief a time with their loving families.
The outpouring of solidarity shared on our Facebook page, as others joined the Wave of Light, was truly overwhelming. Every single day, so many people are suffering miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death and infant loss – and as a nation, we rarely speak openly of this loss and its impact.
Death is often considered a taboo subject, but there are some great initiatives in place to break down the barriers and to get people talking about what eventually comes to us all. However, in the case of babies, infants and children lost too soon, we often become resolutely silent on the subject. But not always…
Over the past couple of weeks, insightful, inspirational, informational pieces have been emerging, sharing stories of loss, grief, and healing. If you’d like to understand more about this subject, or simply want to know you’re not alone in your grief, here are just a few of the incredible stories:
- Baby Loss Awareness animation
- Landmark stillbirth documentary, Child of Mine, aired yesterday on Channel 4
- A rare article sharing a father’s perspective on baby loss
- Baby loss portrait photography project
- A raw account of loss from author, Part Time Working Mummy
- Follow the #BreaktheSilence conversation on Twitter
If you’d like to get involved in the #BreaktheSilence movement next year – visit the Baby Loss Awareness Week website and sign up to the newsletter.
And finally, here’s a list of some wonderful charities that help with those grieving miscarriages, stillbirth, neonatal and infant and tragic child deaths…
For the full list of charitable support organisations, visit: babyloss-awareness.org