October Is Loss Month | Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness
“When a child loses his or her parent, they are called an orphan. When a spouse loses his or her partner, they are called a widow or widower. When a parent loses 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.”
In October 1988, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the entire month of October as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage or infant loss. It is a staggering statistic and goes to show how often loss is experienced. However, this is still something that is rarely talked about or shared in our society which leaves those affected with feelings of shame, anger, and loneliness. One way to cope with a loss is to talk about it, make an effort not to isolate yourself and to look for support from others. Last year at the Community Roots Collective we held a lantern release for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day and this year we are expanding our October events to reach more local families dealing with a loss. We want families to know that they have a community to support, acknowledge, and remember with them.
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, on Saturday, October 15th, is a day for all grieving parents to be surrounded by love and support from their friends, family, and community. It is a day to not only reflect on the loss but to also embrace love and healing. Community Roots Collective invites your family and friends to spend this special day with us in remembrance of these angels. Donate blood for our local community and Placenta Accreta Awareness all day, from 2pm-7pm.
For the entire month of October we will be collecting previously owned wedding dresses and special occasion dresses in pastel colors for Angel Gowns of the Villages. Angel Gowns of the Villages provides beautiful gowns for those babies gone too soon out of your donated wedding gown or special occasion dress. They also create wraps and small shrouds as well, for the babies that are just too small for a gown, but need something beautiful other that a towel. Infant bereavement gowns will then be donated to local hospitals, including Tampa General, Trinity, and St Joseph's. Here's our FaceBook event for more information!
Please join us to commemorate your little ones at one or all of these events. Even if you have not personally lost a child, you can still give your time and resources in supporting those who have.
We will also have these shirts available for purchase. They are $25 each and come in ladies' sizes small to 2x. A portion of the proceeds will go to AMEND Tampa- a support group for loss families (see below). If you'd like to reserve one please send us a message with your size or email email@example.com.
AMEND is a non-profit organization based in Tampa, Florida dedicated to providing moral support and encouragement to persons that have experienced a loss during and after pregnancy. We are parents who have experienced such a loss and give of ourselves to help others. Our group extends its support to those individuals who have had early miscarriage, full term stillbirth, and infant losses.
South Tampa meetings are the first Thursday of the month at 8 PM at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church on San Jose. We meet on the 3rd floor. North Tampa meetings are the third Wednesday of the month at 8 PM at Dr. Frazier & Weissman's office at 15320 Amberly Drive Tampa 33647. Drive to the back of the building and come in the back door.
October 15th is our Candle Lighting Service in memory of Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month held at Pepin Heart Center at Florida Hospital Tampa on Fletcher. It is held in the Wallace Center. Program starts at 4pm. Families welcome. Any questions call Karen Frazier at 813-631-9519.