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Baby Loss Awareness: Wave of Light 2019

7pm on the 15th of October marks the Baby Loss Awareness Wave of Light!


What is the Baby Loss Awareness Wave of Light?

The ‘Wave of Light’ marks the end of Baby Loss Awareness Week (9-15 October), and is also International Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day.

The Wave of Light is a global event, giving us all an opportunity to support those in our lives who’ve experienced baby loss. By lighting a candle at 7pm on the 15th and letting it burn for at least an hour, you’re joining a global ‘wave of light’ in memory of all the babies who’ve left us. You can do this at home by yourself, or in a group with others – contact your local hospitals and groups to find an event near you.

How else can I get involved?

  • Share your experiences or posts supporting those in your life who have experienced baby loss, using the hashtag #BLAW2019. You can also tag @babyloss on Instagram.
  • Use these specially designed graphics on your social media.
  • Watch and share this video.
  • Find more ideas here!

Read our guide on dealing with baby loss sensitively here.

Sign a petition to the UK Government calling for more separate care for those going through a loss here!

Real Parents, Real Stories

Speaking out and sharing insight goes a very long way in helping to raise awareness and removing the stigma behind baby loss. You’re not alone – very sadly, baby loss affects 1 in 4, but many feel unable to reach out for desperately needed support. We want this to change!

Support Resources

These helplines and websites are all excellent places to reach out for baby loss support; we hope that this helps anyone who is reading this whilst in the midst of baby loss but feeling unsure where to turn.

The Lullaby Trust bereavement helpline: 0808 802 6868

Sands (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death charity): 0808 164 3332

The Miscarriage Association: 01924 200 799

Petals (Pregnancy Expectations Trauma and Loss Society): online resource

Tommy’s: 0800 0147 800

Kicks Count: online resource

The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust: 020 7733 2653 (24 hour message line)

Ectopic Pregnancy Foundation: 0845 070 4636

The Child Death Helpline: 0800 282 986. Additional Freephone number for ALL mobiles: 0808 800 6019

Saying Goodbye: online resource

Life After Loss: online resource

TAMBA: online resource

Lone Twin Network: online resource

ARC: 0845 077 2290 or 0207 713 7486 from a mobile

We’ll be lighting our candles at 7pm.

Lots of love and light from Katie & Team BBY. Xx

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