A couple of weeks ago, I asked you to pray for my friend Kirsten, who was approaching the anniversary of both the birth and the death of her son, Ewan.
October 15th is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. One of the hardest things about losing a baby (born or unborn) is that in much of the world's mind, that child no longer exists. When a child is lost early in his or her life, there are not a lot of memories or experiences or relationships to keep that child in the general conversation of life. His or her parents and family honor them, the rest of the world keeps on going as if nothing ever happened. That feeling is so maddening. You want to stand up and shout at anyone who will listen, "My child was here! She existed! She matters! She is loved!" There's something in you that wants to claim her life for the world. To acknowledge her. To honor her, even when the rest of the world didn't even know she existed.
In the spirit of honoring children lost too soon, Kirsten has created "Say Their Names," which is her way of declaring love, importance, and honor for these sweet children. She is inviting anyone who wishes to post the names of the children they lost too soon, either in miscarriage or infancy, and on October 15, she will light a candle, and simply speak their names. These babies mattered. They each had a soul, beloved unto the Lord. They had a life and a name and people who loved them.
If you would like your child included, or simply if you want more information on the project, I invite you to visit here.
In honor of my children, I am including them.
3 Snowflakes* (more on their names, later)
I love you, babies.