Today is National Bereaved Parents Day, raising awareness of all parents who have lost a child of any age, and from any circumstance. This includes still births, miscarriages and infertility, as well as neonatal deaths and child deaths.
Some of us have never come into contact with parents who are bereaved. Or sometimes we’re unaware of a bereavement. Those who’ve experienced a loss don’t always talk about it. Miscarriage, in particular, tends to remain a private issue, perhaps only aired years later, if at all. But regardless of whether we personally know someone who’s lost a child, the inmensurable grief and pain they must go through remains unfathomable.
I witnessed several neonatal deaths while my daughter was in intensive care, and have since followed the stories of many babies online who’ve sadly not made it. These little ones and their families are especially in my thoughts today.
If you, or someone you know, needs bereavement support the following organisations and charities might be of help: