Last year, I marked October 15 for the first time. It was the first time I could be counted amongst the one in four women who lose a child to miscarriage, stillbirth, or early infant death (the CDC defines "early infant death" as the death of a child prior to one year of age). Like the others who are counted in that one in four, it has been and continues to be important to me that the life of the child I lost is not trivialized. It is important to me that my son's life is acknowledged.
On October 15 of last year, my grief was so fresh. We had buried my son less than a week prior. Something like this would not have been possible. Now there's something I'd like to do to acknowledge not just my loss, but if you are included in that one in four, your loss as well. If I'm going to do that, I need your help to make it happen.
Please take a look at the below video and consider whether or not you'd like to participate.
For a written summary of the video (or to review in writing the details included in the video), see the Say Their Names link at the top of the page.
For those of you wishing to participate, please make your submissions no later than Friday, October 14 by 3 p.m. (EST).
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