Today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day.
This year should
feel different for me because 2013 has been a big year for us. What
I'm about to tell you doesn't change how blessed I feel to have Ryan,
though: we still hurt.
Favorite and I both believed we
would feel differently about loss after we held Ryan in our arms, but I
think the truth is that loss is more poignant now. We are aware of what
we missed--what we are still missing.
My life is no
longer saddled in grief. I don't agonize over what could have been.
But I am aware of what was and what is, and that awareness is often a
daily realization. I think that's why days like this are so important.
We need to remember. Remembrance is the very thing that changes the core of who we become in response to pain.
recent years, I've become aware of how common miscarriage is. The
statistics say twenty-five percent. My experience says either the
statistics are wrong, or I am surrounded by all twenty-five percent.
Each of these situations has been different. Some have handled the loss
very privately, some openly, some with tears, others with shrugged
shoulders. What I've realized, however, is these were all tangible
losses--even when that isn't obvious to the observer.
I remember. I remember the blessing and the joy and the excitement.
And I remember in order to respond with compassion, forgiveness and