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October is National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month.

Approximately 1 in 4 pregnancies ends in a loss of some kind. I am 1 in 4.

I got the angel bear pictured in this photo in 2009, when I left the hospital. I’d expected to be leaving with my baby son. It was a hard, long road to coming to grips with that reality, and eventually healing from the profound hurt. I’ve gained several lessons in the process . . . and also learned that while MANY experience this pain, only few ever feel comfortable speaking about it. That has to change. By speaking up, and sharing your experience you can help yourself, loved ones and even perfect strangers to heal. Be encouraged! Hope, healing, and happiness are possible after infant loss. I’ve blogged, spoken and written about this topic. It always reaches someone. So worth sharing.

If you have experienced an infant loss due to stillbirth, miscarriage, pre-term labor, SIDS, or for any other reason I hope you find a bit of comfort this month.

Together we can end a stigma and begin a helpful, healing conversation.