Baby Loss, Isolation and a Wave of Light
Posted on 12th October 2021 at 15:42
Taking place 9th-15th October every year, Baby Loss Awareness Week aims to raise awareness about pregnancy and baby loss in the UK. Stigma and silence often mean families feel isolated in their grief.
Now in its 19th year and led by Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, the week ends with the global “Wave of Light”, coinciding with International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.
In this blog, we talk to Amy Everatt, founder of HUG (Help Us Grieve) and Grief Recovery Specialist.
“Getting support is one of the best things you can do
because it stops you feeling so alone from the start."
So Often Parents Feel Painfully Isolated
The pain of losing a baby cannot be described in words. It doesn’t matter if the baby is still young, or still in the womb – they’re a part of us and the pain of losing that extraordinary person is incomprehensibly heart-breaking. The loss of a baby creates a ripple effect that can touch the lives of relatives, friends, and the larger community.
“Grief Recovery gave me my life back. It has changed my
life in such a way, that now we help others."
We hope Amy's story will give you some hope going forward. The death of a baby is truly devastating, and it is an experience we will never forget. Feeling better is not about forgetting or pretending the loss never happened. Feeling better is about relieving the emotional pain you are carrying with you on a daily basis.
At Grief UK we recognise that grief is the normal and natural reaction to loss.
The Grief Recovery Method teaches you the evidence-based actions to find joy again after loss, instead of endurring in hopeless pain.
The Grief Recovery Handbook sets out how you can use the The Grief Recovery Method to guide you through preparing your own step-by-step action plan to overcome grief - to be able to cherish fond memories without the pain.
Additionally, our network of Certified Grief Recovery Specialists offer individual as well as group support for those who have suffered a significant personal bereavement. To find a Grief Recovery Specialist near you, visit our map or our directory of specialists working online.
Join the Baby Loss Awareness Week "Wave of Light"
The Baby Loss Awareness Week ends with the global Wave of Light. Families are invited to light a candle to remember all babies that have died too soon.
You may also join the virtual Wave of Light on social media by taking a photo of your candle and upload it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using hashtag #WaveOfLight at 7pm on Friday 15th October.
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