How to Honor Loss

Many people experience early pregnancy loss, stillbirth or the death of an infant. Learn about ways to honor these babies.

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Throughout the month of October, we recognize Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness and celebrate October 15 as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. This is an important – though often painful – time of remembrance for those who have experienced early pregnancy loss, stillbirth or the death of a child in their first months of life.

If you or your loved one would like to honor a loss, we’ve compiled a few ideas to help remember these babies.

Ideas to honor loss

Here are some ways you can recognize Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness in your community:

  • Tie pink or blue ribbons around trees in yards, neighborhoods and parks
  • Place signs and banners in your yard, neighborhoods and parks
  • Contact your local radio and television stations to ask them to announce that October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month and October 15 is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day
  • Submit an article to your local newspaper about the importance of this month
  • Sponsor flowers in memory of your baby in a church service or hospital
  • Sponsor a candle lighting ceremony in a park, church or local hospital
  • Plant a tree in your yard or at a park in your baby’s honor
  • Organize a small ceremony with friends and family
  • Release butterflies or doves in your baby’s honor
  • Share your story with others by starting or joining a support group or confiding in a few close friends
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