Every year in the United States approximately 2 million women experience pregnancy loss due to miscarriage, stillbirth, newborn death, and other causes. October 15 is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. It offers us the opportunity to increase our understanding of the 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.
The remembrance day also includes The International Wave of Light. Participants are asked to light a candle at 7:00 P.M. in their respective time zones and leave it burning for at least an hour. The resulting chain of light will span the globe for 24 hours to honor and remember children who die during pregnancy or shortly after birth.