Monday, October 17, 2005
Walk To Remember
In October 1988, President Ronald Reagan Proclaimed October as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. "When a child loses his parent, they are called an orphan. When a spouse loses her or his partner, they are called a widow or widower. When parents lose their child, there isn't a word to describe them. This month recognizes the loss so many parents experience across the United States and around the world. It is also meant to inform and provide resources for parents who have lost children due to miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, molar pregnancy, birth defects, SAND (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death), SIDS, and other causes."
This past weekend we went down to San Diego to take part in an annual “Walk to Remember“. The purpose of the walk is to promote pregnancy loss awareness and, of course, honor our children. There was a beautiful ceremony, a reading of names (I am sad to report that there were a lot of names read), a balloon release, and then the actual walk. It was a bittersweet day & something we will take part in yearly.
Photos (top to bottom): us, balloon release, Traci & Shauna (Shauna & her husband & son were walking in honor of their little ones in heaven - Mara & Seren), and me writing on the "walking path".