Brandon Regional Hospital’s Annual Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Month

BRANDON, Florida - - (October 15, 2010) - -
Brandon Regional Hospital will join people and organizations around the world on Friday, October 15th, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in a candlelight observance for the Annual Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.  The ceremony will take place on the northeast corner of hospital property, at the corner of Oakfield Drive and Parsons Avenue, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

“We extend an invitation to all individuals and families who have experienced the loss of a child through miscarriage, stillbirth or death in a neonatal intensive care unit to join us,” said Laurie Van Damme, RN, BN, Coordinator of the hospital’s Perinatal Bereavement Program.  “For these individuals, healing can be especially difficult since perinatal loss may not always be validated, and grief may not be as fully supported, as it is in other circumstances.”

The hospital’s Perinatal Bereavement Team and Women’s Services staff will meet participants on the east side of the North Parking Garage at 6:30 pm.  The ceremony will include a few words from members of the local clergy, an invitation to parents to share their story if they desire, and lighting of the candles at 7 p.m. followed by a moment of silence.  Refreshments will be served.

Congress designated this national observance to help raise awareness about pregnancy and infant loss.  Each year more than one million babies die from miscarriage or stillbirth. Families who have experienced perinatal loss often express feeling isolated and alone, like no one understands their pain.