Losing a child is a parent’s worst nightmare. On October 15th, Manitobans will mark Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. It’s a chance to show our support for families who have endured the loss of a child before they can truly know them.
Each year in Manitoba families experience the heartbreaking loss of an infant through miscarriage, stillbirth, while giving birth or shortly after. This time of grief for families requires support and understanding.
“Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day is about more than acknowledging and trying to understand this grief,” said Riding Mountain MLA Leanne Rowat. “It's also about celebrating the lives of these babies.”
The motion to observe Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day was passed by unanimous vote in the Legislature in October of 2009. We are proud to mark the 6th annual day and show our support for all Manitobans that have dealt with this grief.
Even the shortest of lives have a profound impact on parents and loved ones. That’s why building awareness throughout the province of the challenges faced by these families is a positive and proactive means of establishing support and understanding within our broader community.
It’s important that families know they are not alone. The Crisis Pregnancy Centre in Winnipeg or Compassionate Friends in Brandon offer support services that can help families as they work their way through their grief.