Today is Tuesday, 15th October 2019
To many people it is just a day.
But to me and many other parents around the world, today is not just any other day.
Today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.
This day is a remembrance day.
This day is an acknowledgement day.
This day is a special day.
So we light candles for our babies gone too soon.
We gather in spaces where we are not judged and silenced.
We say the names of our children.
We remember them.
We sit in silence.
We will not forget our children.
No! No! No!
To forget is a grave injustice.
An injustice to ourselves.
An injustice to our departed children.
An injustice to those mothers and fathers who will come after us.
If we are silent, we perpetuate the myths.
If we are silent, we perpetuate the stigma.
If we are silent, we perpetuate the lies.
If we are silent, we isolate ourselves.
If we are silent, we endorse the victim abuse.
So we speak up.
We speak up through our tears.
We speak up through our pain.
We speak up against all odds.
We speak up to live.
We speak up for ourselves.
We speak up for our children.
We speak up to change the narrative around pregnancy and infant loss.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
1 Corinthians 1:3-4