October: Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

Each October, we focus on sharing the stories of our precious babies. We break the silence surrounding loss to raise awareness so no one goes through it alone.

Help raise awareness during October!

Many families suffer in silence and long to know they are not walking this path alone. As part of our mission to provide support, we are asking everyone to be apart of the awareness campaign called #IHaveFootprintsOnMyHeart during the month of October. Use the hashtag to join the conversation with other families and caregivers who understand your grief.

The loss of a child stays with parents, friends, and family members forever, but it can be challenging for others to truly understand the emotional and physical impact. Events across the country take place each October and help people to better empathize and support parents on their journey to hope. Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month enables us to consider how, as individuals and communities, we can meet the needs of bereaved parents and family members and work to prevent causes of these problems.

Where can you turn for support?

1 in 4 families find themselves in need of support after the death of a babies. Share is a place to find hope and healing.

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A bereaved father shares his experience receiving Share's support after the loss of this son, Finn.

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Celebrating Our Babies at Share Walk

Thousands of people gather each year at the Share Walk for Remembrance and Hope to honor and celebrate their babies who are gone too soon.

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History of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

In 1988, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed October as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month [Proclamation 5890]. Tragically approximately a million pregnancies yearly in the United States end in early pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or the death of the newborn child. In October, Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support will host several events to honor and remember all of the sweet babies that have gone far too soon. These events include the Wave of Light Remembrance Service, and the annual Share Walk for Remembrance & Hope in St. Louis, MO, along with several chapter walks across the nation.

The loss of a child stays with parents, friends, and family members forever, but it can be challenging for others to truly understand the emotional and physical impact. Events across the country take place each October and help people to better empathize and support parents on their journey to hope. Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month enables us to consider how, as individuals and communities, we can meet the needs of bereaved parents and family members and work to prevent causes of these tragedies.

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Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Logos

Click below to download the Share logos for your awareness month promotions. Please contact Samantha Brown (sbrown@nationalshare.org), if you have questions or need additional files.

#IHaveFootprintsOnMyHeart

Click below to download the promotional graphics for the #IHaveFootprintsOnMyHeart awareness movement.

Join the conversation on social media!

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Media Kit

We are working tirelessly to support families who have experienced the death of a baby. Help us spread the word by featuring Share on your platform!

Media Contact: Sarah Lawrenz, Executive Director
slawrenz@nationalshare.org

Awareness Month Event Calendar

International Wave of Light

Friday, October 15th, 7:00 pm

Participate in the International Wave of Light by lighting a candle at 7 pm local time to honor all babies gone too soon. Keep your candle lit for at least one hour to create a continuous “wave of light” across all time zones covering the entire globe!

19th Annual Share Walk for Remembrance of Hope

Saturday, October 16th at 10:00 am

Location: Frontier Park St. Charles, MO

Find Support Near You!

Share has more than 75 chapters across the country. View our state list to find a local support group or companion.