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October 15, 2011

October 15 is pregnancy and infant loss remembrance day. Although it is not yet officially recognized in all parts of the country, advocates continue to promote this day as well as pregnancy and infant loss in general.

Many groups host awareness events such a memorial walk or pregnancy and infant loss specific fundraisers on this day. Some groups sponsor candlelight vigils or speakers who will talk about their experiences. When I went online to see how many and what sort of events had been scheduled, I was encouraged to see that the list has grown from previous years. However, I was disappointed to see there was very little happening in my area.

What can you do if you're like me and you can't find an event to attend? You could start an event yourself. This is easier than ever now with the aid of social media sites like Facebook. You can find other people who would be interested and even join groups which can give you tips on organizing your event.

If you're not a big organizer or you're short on time, you can do small private things. For example, you can participate in the international wave of light. At 7pm in all time zones, people are encouraged to light a candle to honor their losses. This creates a wave of light across the world. It's an activity you can do privately or with a group.

Other ways you could mark the day might include volunteering, planting bulbs or donating money to a pregnancy and infant loss related charity. You can reach out to someone who has suffered a loss and share your story or just offer your support.

If nothing else, you can certainly let other people know that October 15 has special meaning. People who have not experienced this type of loss may not understand how painful and isolating they can be. If you help to increase awareness, it can not only make you feel better but you may be able to help others as well.

For more information on October 15, you can check out http://www.october15th.com/.

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