Baby Loss Awareness Week takes place from 9-15 October 2015. It’s an opportunity for parents, their families and friends to acknowledge and remember the precious babies who have died. It also gives the opportunity to raise awareness of the emotional impact of pregnancy and infant loss, and the scale of the tragedy, which affects up to one in five families in the UK.
Some people may not know how to offer support to someone they know or may feel scared to bring up the subject. Baby Loss Awareness Week is an opportunity to help banish the taboo and make people aware of the wonderful charities and organisations that support parents and offer advice to family members, friends and healthcare professionals caring for those whose baby has died.
Find out more about how you can support and get involved in the campaign on the Baby Loss Awareness Week website. We will be posting throughout Baby Loss Awareness Week with the #babyloss hashtag.
You can show your support by wearing a Baby Loss Awareness pin, available from the GBSS shop.
During Baby Loss Awareness Week 2015, we want to raise awareness of the issues surrounding the death of the baby and highlight how people can help parents whose baby has died. To do this, we’d like parents whose baby has died to share an example of something that someone did or said which helped. This could be some sensitive words, or it could be a small gesture without words at all. We will include these short anecdotes on the Baby Loss Awareness Week website and share them on social media using the hashtag #babyloss.
If you would like to share your story please email email@example.com using the heading Baby Loss Awareness experience. To be eligible your example must be 75 words or under.
WAVE OF LIGHT
Baby Loss Awareness Week closes with an international ‘Wave of Light’ on Thursday 15 October, where candles are lit across the globe as part of the international Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day.
Here in the UK, we would like to invite you to take part in the global ‘Wave of Light’. On this day, everyone is invited to take part in this global event to remember all the babies that have died during pregnancy, at, during or after birth. Simply light a candle at 7pm and leave it burning for at least 1 hour. And share your picture on social media with the #babyloss.