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Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness

October 3, 2018

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Share Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support is a community for anyone who experiences the tragic death of a baby.  This year, Share celebrated 41 years of serving parents, grandparents, siblings, and others in the family unit, as well as the professionals who care for grieving families.  Share is a national organization with over 75 chapters in 29 states.  Share Anderson Hospital was organized and became a chapter of the national organization in 2006. 

In 1988, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed October as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.  Tragically approximately a million pregnancies yearly in the United States end in early pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or the death of a newborn child.  Studies reveal that about 1 in 4 pregnancies will end in early loss, before 20 weeks gestation, and 1 in 160 end after 20 weeks gestation.  Every loss is a deeply painful experience that many families face daily, but receive little attention.  It is hard to talk about, but the more open we are, the better we can serve bereaved parents. 

Share Anderson Hospital hosts the Day of Remembrance on October 6th, at the Angel of Hope statue at Anderson Hospital.  This is a memorial service for parents and families to honor and remember their babies

Also, join Share families and participate in the Wave of Light Remembrance Service on October 15th.  That night at 7pm, light a candle in honor of a baby always loved and always remembered.  Place it in a front window of your home.  If participants in countries around the world light a candle at 7pm local time, keeping candles lit for at least an hour, a wave of light will rise and propagate around the world for the whole day.