The reaction to terrible news of baby loss at the beginning of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month and ahead of Baby Loss Awareness Week in the UK shows why awareness events like this matter.
These events aren’t for bereaved parents, they are for the people who haven’t gone through it to help them understand why photos of these moments are so important.
For so many of us, it will be the only thing we have. Such a traumatic experience has a level of unreality to it, pictures help ground that sense.
“Promoting awareness of pregnancy and infant loss not only increases the likelihood that grieving families will receive understanding and support, also resulting in improved education + prevention efforts, ultimately reducing incidence of these tragedies”https://starlegacyfoundation.org/awareness-month/
I share the anger of many on how badly people are behaving whether that’s real people or those that send bots loose on grieving parents.
My only hope is that the strength of the signal of love and support for bereaved parents cuts through the noise of the bots, and those that seek to make lives harder when they are already facing harrowing pain.
Because it is that love and support that endures beyond the noise of tutting, finger wagging, and shaming.
Jess from Legacy of Leo put it beautifully.