Today I remember.
…because if I don’t, know one else will.
…because I still miss you, even though I never met you.
…because just the thought of losing you brings tears to my eyes, even three years later.
…because having a healthy, happy two year old doesn’t make it any easier.
…because even though you were nothing to anyone else, you were everything to me.
…because I am one in four people who have lost a pregnancy or child to miscarriage or stillbirth.
…because we never talk about, recognize, or validate these losses and we should.
…because by making women who experience miscarriage and/or stillbirth suffer in silence, we compound their loss.
…because everyone knows someone who has suffered a loss and today–or any day– that someone might be hurting.
…because today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day.
…because we shouldn’t need a special day to acknowledge these very real losses.
…because all I have to remember you by is this necklace I’m wearing.
And it’s not enough.
If you know someone who lost a pregnancy or child to miscarriage or stillbirth, reach out to them today, acknowledge their loss.
I promise you, they will appreciate it.