Baby Loss Awareness Week takes place between the 9th and 15th of October, providing the opportunity for bereaved families to come together and show their support for others who have suffered the unfathomable loss of a child. We’ve put together some information below on what Baby Loss Awareness Week is about and how you can get involved.

What is it?

For most of us, the thought of losing a child, especially at a young child is inconceivable. For many parents however, this is an unfair and tragic reality. Baby Loss Awareness Week provides the opportunities for families to remember and commemorate the loss of their children, who have been taken from them during pregnancy, at birth or after birth. As an often neglected topic, this week will give parents the chance to share their feelings and experiences in a bid to raise awareness of still births and neonatal death.

Who is involved?

There are many charities and organisations involved in Baby Loss Awareness week, primarily Sands, the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity, who are trying to research ways to reduce the number of these cases. Action on Pre-eclampsia, ARC (Antenatal Results and Choices), Bliss and Child Bereavement UK are some of the other charities getting involved this week.

How can I get involved?

There are details of events available on the Baby Loss Awareness Facebook page featuring information about local events which you could take part in. Supporters are also being encouraged to purchase a Baby Loss awareness pin to demonstrate your support. Sands has plenty of information on how you can get involved with fundraising and raising awareness on its website.

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day – 15th October

Baby Loss Awareness Week concludes with Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day on the 15th of October. On this day, people are being asked to take part in a global event named the Wave of Light, to remember all the losses that have occurred around the world. To take part, all you need to do is light a candle at 7pm, and keep it burning for an hour or more. Where you choose to do this is up to you – it can be at home, with your family or with others who also want to show their support.

Further information about Baby and Infant Loss

Of course, Baby Loss Awareness continues long after the week is over, and Sands continues to promote awareness and offer advice services for families who have suffered this sort of bereavement. There are opportunities to take part in fundraising events, as well as ongoing research and campaigns to help make people aware of the factors which cause neonatal and stillbirth deaths.

If you would like more information about baby and infant death or would like to speak to someone about your experiences, visit the Sands website which features many resources dedicated to healing families throughout this difficult time.