Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I am a mother to an angel


This annual project was started by I Am A Mother To An Angel. I Am A Mother To An Angel offers bereavement support and keepsakes for families who have lost children regardless of gestation/age or reason. Despite the name, I Am A Mother To An Angel is a place for anyone grieving the loss of a child: parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts/uncles etc.

Formerly known as the October 15th Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Project, I have changed the name to make sure ANYONE who has lost a child knows this project is for them and also to recognize the entire month of October as a month of awareness for any type of pregnancy, infant, or child loss to celebrate what we hope Ronald Reagan had envisioned to be a month for coming together as a community to acknowledge this pain. This includes any stage of gestational age or any age at all and any type of loss.

Why October?
In 1988 President Ronald Reagan declared the entire month of October as a national day of observance for Pregnancy and Infant Loss.

"Proclamation 5890 -- Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, 1988
October 25, 1988
By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation
Each year, approximately a million pregnancies in the United States end in miscarriage, stillbirth, or the death of the newborn child. National observance of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, 1988, offers us the opportunity to increase our understanding of the great tragedy involved in the deaths of unborn and newborn babies. It also 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.
Health care professionals recognize that trends of recent years, such as smaller family size and the postponement of childbearing, adds another dimension of poignance to the grief of parents who have lost infants. More than 700 local, national, and international support groups are supplying programs and strategies designed to help parents cope with their loss. Parents who have suffered their own losses, health care professionals, and specially trained hospital staff members are helping newly bereaved parents deal constructively with loss.
Compassionate Americans are also assisting women who suffer bereavement, guilt, and emotional and physical trauma that accompany post-abortion syndrome. We can and must do a much better job of encouraging adoption as an alternative to abortion; of helping the single parents who wish to raise their babies; and of offering friendship and temporal support to the courageous women and girls who give their children the gifts of life and loving adoptive parents. We can be truly grateful for the devotion and concern provided by all of these citizens, and we should offer them our cooperation and support as well.
The Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 314, has designated the month of October 1988 as ``Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month'' and authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation in observance of this month.
Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the month of October 1988 as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. I call upon the people of the United States to observe this month with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-fifth day of October, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-eight, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirteenth.
Ronald Reagan
[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 11:13 a.m., October 26, 1988]
Source: http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/speeches/1988/102588b.htm"

Haven't lost a child in your family? This event is still for you! Support someone who has! Participate and spread the word and let everyone know you support pregnancy, infant, and child loss awareness. This is for anyone who has been impacted by the loss of a child or anyone who is supportive to someone who has!

What can do you?
Spread awareness and openly remember your baby/child!
Do something special in remembrance:
Light candles, make a poster, make a flyer, release balloons, release lanterns, donate to an organization in memory of your angel. Post a photo of whatever you decide to do here on the event wall during the month of October. We hope to make a video including photos of anything sent in and the names of angels that were shared about. Take time to share this event, spread the word, and invite your friends. I'd love for YOU to share photos of your angels and things you are doing for the month of awareness!

Share about your loss here on the event wall!
Write here telling the world about your angel(s).
Here is a simple form to get your stated:
Parents Names:
Angel's Name:
Date of Birth:
Date of Loss:
Cause of Loss:

Throughout the month of October and leading up to October I will have activities, games, giveaways, craft ideas, free keepsake graphics, sales/specials etc. Be sure to join the event and invite your friends/family. Together we can make a difference and remember our angels together as one.

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