Imagine the joy of being pregnant and making lists and plans for the brand new life about to join your family. You choose names, you plan a future, you enjoy the precious silent moments before that bundle of joy changes your life forever. And then life really does change forever: you find yourself dealing with the loss of that life before it has really had a chance to begin.
Losing a pregnancy at any stage is absolutely devastating. It is isolating, confusing, unfair, and so, so scary.
In the summer of 2008, my husband, daughter, and I were expecting our second child. Sadly, at almost 20 weeks' gestation, we discovered that our baby had died in utero, and I was to be induced and deliver my deceased baby. It was a surreal, terrifying experience that I relive to this day.
PBSO offers support to families like mine. Families (and individuals) who have no idea if their feelings are normal, or even ok to talk about. In the depths of my grief, I would have given anything to have known there were people there for me to talk to. And when I was ready to share my story, how I wish I'd been aware of their support groups filled with other grieving parents with whom I could commiserate. They also offer education programs to medical staff, family and friends about how to help when a loss has occurred.
Every year, PBSO holds a Butterfly Release Picnic. This year the event is being held on June 3, 2012 at Pickering Museum Village. They sell butterflies before the event, and on the day of the family event, we say some words to remember our lost babies and we release a multitude of butterflies into the sky to honour them. It's a very powerful event, and of great comfort to many. At this event, a silent auction is held to raise funds for PBSO.
I'm asking anyone out there to consider a donation of a product or service for this silent auction. Your contribution means that a family in need will never have to go without support. We're here for them. We can continue our education, our support groups, everything. If you have a company, we'd love to hear from you. If you have a blog and would be willing to link to PBSO, we would love that. If you're an individual and can offer a gift card, a product or anything at all, it would mean so much.
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Your support means the world to me.