I have never personally experienced miscarriage or infant loss, but I'm sharing the fact that today, October 15th, is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. As someone who has experienced infertility, and therefore much loss and sadness in the process of building our family, I can only feel great sympathy for those women and couples that have gone through the pain of this loss. I'm thinking about and praying for you all today.
I think it's such a shame that posts like this on facebook tend to go ignored (as well as people who go through these issues in real life) because people feel "uncomfortable" talking about things like loss and infertility. But, you know what!? It's real!! According to www.iamtheface.org, 1/4 of females in America will experience pregnancy or infant loss and that breaks my heart.
If you have been through this trial, know that we are here for you. And if you know someone that has been through any of these losses, please let them know you love and care about them. Just because it's common doesn't mean it's not painful. (Here's a link to an article about how family and friends can help.)
I don't like to "avoid" difficult issues. I like to talk about them and share, so we can bear each others' burdens, pains and losses. Not only is it our responsibility as those that live together in community, but it also makes sharing in the joy of others even more sweet when that time comes as well. We NEED each other!