Remembering and Honoring
By Michelle Graff, COPE Clinical Director
Losing a child at any stage, whether through miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal or infant death is one of the most traumatic experiences a person can go through.
On October 25, 1988, the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Movement began in the United States. Pregnancy and Infant Loss Month is a time to think about those who have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth or the loss of their child.
Tragically, approximately a million pregnancies yearly in the United States end in early pregnancy loss (1 in 4), stillbirth, or the death of the newborn child. The loss of a child stays with parents, friends, and family members forever, but it can be challenging for others to truly understand the emotional and physical impact.
Sadly, these are deeply painful experiences that many families face daily, but they receive little attention. It may be hard to talk about, but the more open we are, the better we can serve bereaved parents and families.
Remember that any life, no matter how brief, is meaningful. The COPE Foundation is here to support those who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss.
Join us for group beginning October 22nd, 2018 from 7-8:30 at the Cedarmere Estate in Roslyn.
Michelle Graff, LCSW
COPE Foundation Clinical Director