Rorate Caeli

Resource Helping Parents on Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day


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The 15th day of October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.  What began as an American initiative is now internationally recognized as a day to remember children lost in miscarriage, stillbirth and in infancy.

National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day occurs within Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month which began with a proclamation issued by President Reagan in 1988.

“On October 25, 1988, President Reagan designated the entire month of October 1988 as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. On that day he said: 

‘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. 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.

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 2002, Robyn Bear, Lisa Brown and Tammy Novak petitioned the federal government to proclaim October 15 Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. Today, all 50 states have a yearly proclamation in honor of those who have lost a child during pregnancy or during infancy.[Source: National Day Calendar]

In observance of this remembrance day and the month of October, designated as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month and dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary, a reader and bereaved mother is sharing and inviting other Rorate Caeli readers and all parents touched by pregnancy loss to observe this day and month by honoring their children, free of charge, in A Mom’s Peace virtual Garden of Remembrance, dedicated to Our Lady.

The short lives of these beloved children, who, from the moment of conception, brought joy to their families, are too precious to forget.   May family members, in honoring the memory of these precious children in The Garden, and uniting their grief to Our Lady’s sorrows, find peace and consolation.

Also, today, as the Catholic Church commemorates the feast day of St. Teresa of Avila, we find words of comfort from the great mystic and doctor of the Church, “We always find that those who walked closest to Christ were those who had to bear the greatest trials.”