Much of this is included in the SHARE Atlanta brochure on "October is Loss Awareness" by Marcia McGinnis Christine Reagan, Summary of History by Marcia McGinnis, Fall 2003
Proclaimed by President Reagan in 1988
President Reagan's premature child,
died shortly after being born, on June 26, 1947...
we remember her here, as well as all of our children...
Much of this is included in the SHARE Atlanta brochure on "October is Loss Awareness" by Marcia McGinnis
Summary of History by Marcia McGinnis, Fall 2003
Death happens...parents and families grieve. Advocacy for emotional support and outreach was and still is needed. (These estimates are based on statistics derived from a combination of March of Dimes statistical information and the last study done by Allen Wilcox, MD, New England Journal of Medicine, July 28, 1998)
As written in the "The Pregnancy and Infant Loss Center's Loving Arms" newsletter (Fall '84, Aug./Sept. '91)
"Planning and attending October Awareness Month activities is a great comfort for many.
It assures us that our babies are not forgotten. In raising Awareness we are helping the bereaved parents who will follow us on our grief journey. What a wonderful way to honor the memory of our special babies."
Taken from Hannah's Prayer Website and agreed with by those of us at SHARE Atlanta!
The articles below were taken from Hannah's Prayer as reported on their October Awareness Page...thanks to them (Special thanks to Donna Roehl whose research through several back issues of the Loving Arms newsletter made it possible to share much of the information about Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month and the history of this event that is presented on this web page.) for researching the details(in writing!) of what we have known to be true for so long!!
"Director's Column" by Susan ErlingLoving Arms Newsletter
"Big News! We have secured the Presidential Proclamation, declaring October, 1988 as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. This unified, two-year effort has produced the rewards we all had hoped it would by affording this cause top recognition and acclaim. At PILC, we plan to use the proclamation throughout the upcoming year to promote further awareness and activities."
"After six years of work, educating, enlightening, and supporting each other, this Presidential Proclamation is an impressive pat on the back for each of us. Personally, I would like to extend a respectful thank you to Ronda Brown and Sherokee Ilse who worked diligently on this effort, to Minnesota Senator Rudy Boschwitz, to Pennsylvania Congressman Bud Shuster, and to all the legislators, groups, and individuals who made this success story a reality.Thank you!"
"In fact, the history of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness goes back even farther than 1988. In a 1984 issue of Loving Arms it was stated that Minnesota "Governor Rudy Perpich will officially declare the week of October 1-7 as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Week."
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