In October 1988, President Ronald Reagan of the United States 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.”

In addition, October 15 is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. The October 15th Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day campaign began in 2002 and is a day of remembrance for pregnancy loss and infant death. The day is observed with ceremonies and candle-lighting vigils, concluding with the International Wave of Light, a worldwide lighting of candles. The International Wave of Light invites participants from around the world to light a candle at 7:00 p.m. on October 15 in their respective time zones, and to leave the candle burning for at least an hour. The result is a continuous chain of light spanning the globe for a 24 hour period in honor and remembrance of our babies we have lost. We hope you will share your candle lighting pictures on the ACDA Facebook page on October 15.

The ACDA sends love and light to all of our ACD affected families and friends this month. Searching for answers…hoping for a cure.