October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month.
This includes pregnancy loss, losses due to SIDS, miscarriage, stillbirth and death of a newborn.
There is no word in the English language that describes a bereaved parent. I think that’s because it’s so unimaginable. If you lose a parent, you’re an orphan; lose a spouse, you’re a widow or widower.
Parents who experience this often have limited space to grieve their loss, expecting to move forward with their lives quickly.
I have spent a considerable amount of my career working with bereaved parents and honoring their children. Some of the greatest joy, heartbreak and pride I have had in my career has involved working with these parents. The resilience they have to keep moving forward in a time when their word has stopped has caused me to look at the world differently and reevaluate how I chose to navigate the world around me.
Throughout October I will be sharing stories, sharing resources and talking about why I’m passionate about working with bereaved families. October 15th is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. I will be also sharing ways that parents and families can honor to lives of the infants who they so loved.
If you think I might be a good fit for you as a therapist, you can learn more about my practice at www.hummingbirdmft.com