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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Pregnancy and Infant Loss || Overwhelming Response and Gratitude

This month, Sarah {from Fontenot Four} and I have joined together to bring awareness to others in this blogging community and to be a support and encouragement to other women who have experienced the devastating loss of a baby whether during pregnancy, stillbirth, or after the birth of the baby. It can be a very isolating experience, and we want you to know that if you have experienced such a loss, you are not alone. On October 15th, Sarah and I hosted a very special link up. This link up was for us to share our stories of loss, no matter how recent or how many. Whether your loss is new or you have been on a journey of healing for some time, we welcomed all to join in our link up. We wanted to provide a place to share your stories because you just never know when something you share might have a profound impact on someone who is traveling a similar journey.

I wanted to thank you for your overwhelming response to the Remembering Our Babies Pregnancy and Infant Loss Series. I was completely overwhelmed by the individual personal stories that were linked up on October 15th. Although my grief was so overpowering and my loss so great, many of you have experienced much worse. My heart aches for each of you. I did not expect the impact this series and link up would have on me. Each of your stories and your babies have made an impact on my life. My heart is full learning about each of them. I am grateful that God has allowed them in our lives even for such a short time. Their lives have made a big impact on this world. By telling our stories, they continue to live and touch others.

It is my hope that this series has impacted everyone.  For those of you who have lost a baby to know you are not alone.  Perhaps to have gained some insight to the purpose your baby had even for such a short time.  For those of you who have not suffered loss but know someone who has, that this series has brought clear awareness about the magnitude of grief and isolation losing a baby does to a parent.  No matter if a few weeks pregnant all the way to a few hours or a few years post-partum, the pain is so great and that baby was here for a reason.  Please take the time to reach out to those around you, it is a silent grief and just being there will mean the world.

Thank you Sarah for suggesting this powerful link up. You are such and encouragement and inspiration.

If you have not yet visited our link up, you can do so here.

To read the series thread, you can do so here.

If you would like to share your story and have not linked up, please do so or you can email me at alittlepieceofme.salena@gmail.com.


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