October 15th: National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

Today, October 15th, is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.

Many of the women in your life have likely experienced a pregnancy loss and there are many parents who may have lost their infant or child.  This is the day that we reflect on the heartbreaking experiences of those that have walked these paths.  Those that have felt that immediately hope of holding that beautiful healthy baby in their arms, only to be stopped in their tracks by the cruel reality that it wasn't meant to be. And those that have been given that baby, only to later lose that smiling precious bundle of joy later, always wondering what could have been.

Personally, I am one of those women.  I have experienced this feeling and can tell you it's not something I would wish on my worst enemy.  It's an experience like no other in life.  I have also had to sit by helpless as those I love have experienced losses. Never knowing the right words or actions, but always praying that they would heal.
What I can tell you is that from my experience, I walked away with a gift.  A gift of truly being grateful for my life.  A gift that reminds me everyday that I am blessed.  Although I will never meet that special baby that lived in my womb for such a short time, I will never forget them. It is with this experience, that I have been changed.  It is what allows me to take a step back when life feels overwhelming and remember that as hard as life may feel, someone somewhere would give anything for this life that I have.

So, on this day, whether you have walked this journey or haven't.  Please take a moment, look around and enjoy the little blessings in your life. Even if they aren't obvious, they are there.  Give an extra hug, "I Love You" or smile to those in your life.

I highly recommend if you are a mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, or anyone else, you watch this video. Even if you haven't experienced a pregnancy or infant loss, it's important to think about do our best to gain an understanding for the emotions of those who have. It's this attempt at understanding others that will help us unite in a world determined to divide us.

Special thanks to Bryan and Missy of Daily Bumps VLog for creating this special video.  You can follow them on YouTube here. 

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