Wave of Light

 Each year, Share Southern Vermont participates in an International Wave of Light on October 15th, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. We gather on the Chester Green, light candles and listen to music. From 7-8 pm our candles burn bright joining those of every other state and country during the same timeframe; creating a wave of light in memory of all our lost babies that spans the globe. 

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE PICTURE GALLERY FROM THE 2009 WAVE OF LIGHT CEREMONY

Below is a history of October 15th. For more information please visit www.october15th.com

October 15th Origination  

In October 1988, President Ronald Reagan 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, their isn’t a word to describe them. This month recognizes the loss so many parents experience across the United States and around the world. It is also meant to inform and provide resources for parents who have lost children due to miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, molar pregnancy, stillbirths, birth defects, SIDS, and other causes.”

 

1988 Presidential Proclamation 

OCTOBER
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month
 Each year, approximately a million pregnancies in the U.S. end in miscarriage, stillbirth or the death of the newborn child. National observance of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month offers us the opportunity to increase our understanding of the great tragedy involved in the deaths of unborn and newborn babies. It also enables us to consider how, as individuals and communities, we can meet the needs of bereaved parents and family members on work to prevent causes of these problems.Health care professionals recognize that trends of recent years, such as smaller family size and postponement of childbearing, adds another dimension of poignancy to the grief of parents who have lost infants. More than 700 local, national and international support groups are supplying programs and strategies designed to help parents cope with their loss. Parents who have suffered their own losses, health care professionals and specially trained hospital staff members are helping newly bereaved parents deal constructively with loss…The Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 314, has designated the month of October, as “Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month” and authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation in observance of this month.NOW, THEREFORE, I RONALD REAGAN, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the month of October as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. I call upon the people of the United States to observe this month with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-fifth day of October in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-eight and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirteenth.Ronald Reagan
Former President
United States of America

 

Frequently Asked Questions 

What is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day?

A day of remembrance for all babies who have died to soon, from early pregnancy loss thru infant death.

When is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day?

October 15th of every year.

When did Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day start?

The day was thought of by Robyn Bear. After having had six miscarriage with little to no support, she felt a day was needed for parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, and the world to unite and remember these beloved babies.

Knowing she couldn’t do this alone, she shared her thoughts with Lisa Brown and they decided to do what they could to make this day happen.

We advertised for volunteers from all 50 states to lend help in getting these proclamations signed. To date, we have close to 70 men and women working with us to achieve this day.

Why have a day of remembrance for Pregnancy and Infant Loss?

Because EVERY life, even the tiniest and shortest lived deserves to be acknowledged and remembered. The parents of these children never forget, we would just like one day of the year for everyone else to remember then too.

How can I help?

Contact The White House and your Governors Office and tell them you support Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. Call your local news station or news paper to see if they can run a story on your loss, so people in your area know they aren’t alone.

What can I do on this day?

We ask everyone to light a candle at 7pm in their time zone. Spread the word, increase support, educate and make people aware of pregnancy and infant loss.  For a list of ideas and ways to observe Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day visit our Ideas to Help page.

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