Reflect will be hosting a virtual Wave of Light Event on Thursday 15 October at 7pm, to raise awareness of pregnancy and baby loss in North Yorkshire during Baby Loss Awareness Week (9th to 15th October).
The annual awareness week, now in its 18th year, is an opportunity for bereaved parents, families and friends, to commemorate babies’ lives and to raise awareness about pregnancy and baby loss to drive for the improvements that are needed for parents and families now and in the future.
Tanya Allen, Manager of Reflect from Harrogate said: “We hope that Baby Loss Awareness Week will spark conversations about baby loss and give local bereaved parents and families an opportunity to talk about their precious babies. For some people Covid has meant that they have felt more isolated in their loss, and for others the slowdown has caused the past pain of loss to surface, which they may now need to process. At Reflect we provide free one-to-one support for anyone dealing with Pregnancy or Baby Loss from any cause.”
Clea Harmer, Chief Executive of Sands (stillbirth and neonatal death charity), said: “Baby Loss Awareness Week is a unique opportunity for parents to remember their babies who died, and we hope will help bereaved families feel less isolated and alone in their grief.
“Pregnancy loss or the death of a baby is a tragedy that affects thousands of people every year. It is devastating for parents and families and it’s vital they get the bereavement support and care they need, for as long as they need it.”
You can get involved and support this by turning your home or your work place pink and blue, by wearing a pink and blue pin, or by taking part in the Global Wave of Light. Key landmarks across the UK will be lit up pink and blue, and virtual services held.
You can take part in the virtual Wave of Light by lighting a candle at 7pm on Thursday 15 October in memory of all babies gone too soon. Take a photo of your candle and post it using the hashtag #WaveOfLight, and join Reflect on Facebook or Instagram for a short virtual Wave of Light event.