Oct 15 October 15th is International Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day, where bereaved parents from Australia and around the world pause to remember their babies who’ve died. Every year, around 110,000 Australians have a miscarriage. 2,200 more endure the pain of stillbirth, 600 lose their baby in the first 28 days after birth and many more face the grief of termination for medical reasons. October is a time for Australia to break the silence and acknowledge the heartbreak happening too often right now. This October you are invited to join us to recognise Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month where we invite hundreds of Australian parents to share what’s hurting them right now – silence. “Countless times things were said to us that discouraged us from speaking about our loss ‘oh we able to have another one’, ‘I guess it was good she was so small and you weren’t further along’. Knowing how to approach people who have lost is such an important thing, we as a community need to know how to respond to loss in an appropriate way.” Kelly, NSW, whose daughter Leila was stillborn in September 2020 “This year saw the second anniversary of my loss, only a handful of people remembered. Also, I don’t feel like anyone acknowledges Leo’s birth as actually giving birth. There is no space to share my birth story.” Amy, NSW, whose son Leo was terminated for medical reasons at 24 weeks in September 2019 In 2021 a number of events and activities will be planned to mark the occasion. We warmly invite you to participate. Light a candle and stand silent with us this October 15 This year, you are invited to help us shine a light on Pregnancy and Infant Loss by lighting a candle on October 15 and standing silent with other families across Australia. Share your candle and moment of silence with us by #standingsilent and tagging us on social media. Standing Silent This year, we want to take a moment to stand silent to acknowledge the terrible silence around pregnancy and infant loss. We will be joined by fellow support and research organisations, Pink Elephant Support Network, Miscarriage Information Support Service Stillbirth Foundation and Bears of Hope in standing silent to break the silence. If you would like to join us, tag us and use the #standingsilent to help honour all the beautiful ones who never got to take their first steps. You can also download one of our social tiles or a frame to place over your own photos to share your little one with the world. Family Stories To help break the silence this Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day a number of families have shared their story with us. Follow the links to read more. Tara and Graeme’s story - My dreams Melinda’s story - It is important to keep Jacob’s memory alive Emily Jean’s story - We feel silenced Jessica P’s story - Stop and appreciate the memories Kathryn’s story - We never heard Noah cry Annabel’s story - A decision made out of pure love Sara’s story - Finding comfort in knowing I’m not the only one Kelly’s Story - why pregnancy and infant loss remembrance day is so important Penny’s Story - we need to share these stories Stephanie’s Story - We need to normalise the conversation about miscarriage Victorian Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Service This year, this beautiful and moving annual service, supported by the Victorian Government, is going virtual. The event will be accessible to anyone around Australia who would like to attend. Register here. Walk to Remember Across Australia and virtually you are invited to a Walk to Remember. The Walk to Remember is a special annual event around Australia. Events all over the country bring bereaved parents together with their families and friends to commemorate their babies who’ve died, to share their experiences openly and to support each other.In 2021 some of our Walks to Remember may look a little different due to local restrictions related to COVID-19. Our aim, however, is to ensure every bereaved family has an opportunity to participate. That's why, in addition to our traditional face-to-face events we'll also be offering some virtual Walks to Remember in those locations where public gatherings can't take place at the moment. This year we can also support you to put together your own private memorial walk shared with family and friends. To find details of how you can participate in any of our Walk to Remember locations, visit our events page.