Pregnancy loss generally includes miscarriage, stillbirth, and neo-natal (death occurring in the first 28 days of life) death. Society is starting to understand the impact of grief on an individual, but, when it comes to pregnancy loss, if the loss is even acknowledged, it is often minimized. Pregnancy loss is a real loss! Those who have experienced a pregnancy loss experience the same symptoms and intensity of grief as any other type of loss. In addition, there are some unique grief issues that accompany pregnancy loss which are not present with other types of deaths. Concerns range from subsequent pregnancies to relationship issues. These and many other issues can complicate one’s grief journey. If you or someone you care about has experienced a pregnancy loss, use this discussion group to express your feelings, find support, and learn more about this subject.
As we holidays approach, you are confronted yet again with dashed hope. In the spring you may have already had thoughts of the holidays with a newborn, all the family together rejoicing with you and admiring your new baby. Now not only do you have empty arms but expectations of others that you will be in the holiday spirit. Another test of your ability to "move on". Have you found a way to incorporate your love for your unborn child in your holiday observance? Doing something for a children's hospital or charity is one way to honor your child's memory. Or you may prefer to do something in the privacy of your own home, starting a tradition you can continue each year. Your loss is a very real one.
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