Seems more recently that there has been public attention to the issue of perinatal & child loss. Some media related stories have brought it to the forefront, even if it is only short lived.
After our loss, I quickly became involved with our local chapter of Perinatal bereavement services & in their monthly update this month a link to an article looking at perinatal & infant loss was provided. MacLeans printed an article on the topic & it summarizes the common prejudice & discrimination that we in our baby loss community feel everyday. It categorically highlights the "new normal" we are forced to live with.
I am saddened by this article, commend all the comments but wonder how when we are forced to live in a world with such blatant intolerance people can ask how and why we retreat to find kindness within our own international community. I once lived in the land of the ignorant but hope I would never have passed such volatile and careless judgement.
The perinatal bereavement agency that provided this link also wrote a letter to the magazine in response. For that I am grateful even though I doubt it will ever be published and more then likely eyes rolled when reading it. Our messages must be heard, stories allowed to be told, children lives acknowledged & community allowed to convene without judgement or imposed limits.
I am attaching the link to the story here. Read it & decide for yourself if it's worth commenting back. macleans.ca The-mourning-after
If anyone wants to read the response sent by Perniatal bereavement services to Macleans, I am happy to post it.
James - we will never "get over" you. You will live in our hearts, memories & family with dignity. For you & all the other babies gone too soon - I will stand up & say you matter, always will & I will always tell your story (ies).