In October, for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, we had the privilege of attending a vigil hosted by BirthWaves. It was sacred ground. Facilitated by the incredibly thoughtful doulas from BirthWaves, the event was both simple and deeply touching.
After a time of quiet reflection where the doulas made us feel welcome, we gathered in a circle. Mostly strangers to each other, we lit candles and told our stories.
Some of us remembered babies we carried and loved, and a local midwife remembered babies whose mothers she supported. And though grief over the loss of a child is intensely personal and still brought tears for a couple whose son would now be an adult, gathering reminded us that we are not alone.