Nov 29 , 2022
Having a miscarriage without a doubt, is one of the hardest thing most challenging for bereaved parents. However, it is a week full of support, love, and understanding shared between parents grieving their babies who were gone too soon. There has been an increase in the number of people involved in this beautiful cause as more people recognize the impact of such a loss. During Baby Loss Awareness Week, parents, families, friends, and more come together to talk, read, watch, and listen to stories of parents who are grieving the loss of their babies.
It is vital to keep your well-being a priority during a week where so many raw emotions come clean and are let out. Indeed, a heavy like Baby Loss Awareness Week can bring back many bad and gloomy memories that can affect your mental and emotional state. Therefore, you must take care of your wellbeing, which you can achieve through proper engagement in this bittersweet week.
What is Baby Loss Awareness Week?
Baby Loss Awareness Week brings together those suffering from pregnancy or baby loss and provides them with a safe space to let their feelings out by sharing their experiences. This week is all about making people feel like they are not alone.
Not only is this work for the bereaved parents, but it also takes into consideration the healthcare workers who have been under significant pressure because of the pandemic to look after the parents suffering from pregnancy and baby loss.
This week is for learning, awareness, and empathy all around. Parents and families share their stories about their pregnancy and baby loss awareness and how they managed to cope with the loss. The Baby Loss Awareness Week is a beautiful insight into the world of such tragedy.
If you are someone who is currently facing the heartbreak of losing a baby or pregnancy, the following are a few ways you can take care of your wellbeing during such a tough week.
- Prepare for the week
Preparing for a situation – no matter what it is – is always a good idea. It gives us an idea of what the situation will be like, how to behave, and what measures we need to take. Therefore, it can be beneficial if you prepare for Baby Loss Awareness Week. For instance, you can plan activities or think of the activities you plan on taking part in through the week and decide how and if you want to tell your own story of pregnancy or baby loss.
Finally, preparing for the week can also help you decide whether you want to be a part of this week or not.
- Having a healthy body leads to a healthy mind
You must ensure you have enough sleep and consume a healthy, filling diet before and during the events. In particular, it will help a lot if you have a nutritious meal after the events because Baby Loss Awareness Week is jam-packed with emotions and feelings that could drain you. Furthermore, you must also participate in some physical activity as that helps you release feel-good neurochemicals.
It may help to talk a long walk when it starts getting too much for you, so you have a healthy way of releasing all the bad memories and emotions that are bound to surface.
- Pace yourself
There are multiple events planned throughout the Baby Awareness Week; all created based on different aspects of baby loss. Therefore, you never know when you will come in contact with an emotionally intense, draining event. Therefore, you must pace yourself and can always take a short break when needed.
- Call a friend
If you want extra support, you can always call a friend for moral support or ask them to join you at the events. It is easier for some people to share their feelings and experiences with someone they are close to and can rely on – even if the person in question has not personally experienced pregnancy or baby loss.
- Practice mindfulness
Whenever you come across an event in Baby Loss Awareness Week, it can be very positive to connect with others and share your experience and story with them. Although it can get a bit difficult to come back from such a traumatic place, it can be comforting knowing someone out there understands your feelings and emotions.
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Pregnancy and baby loss can be traumatic experiences for anyone. However, you cannot let this experience define you and the way you live. Parents and families that are grieving can find the Baby Loss Awareness Week highly beneficial. Indeed, bereaved parents and families need to know they are not alone.
Pregnancy and baby loss awareness is essential. So take part in this week and learn the true essence of having support, understanding, and love from people who have the same experiences as you!
Dr. Sharon Fried Buchalter is a Distinguished Clinical Psychologist, as well as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Clinical Hypnotherapist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has been practicing since 1996 and specializes in counseling children, adolescents, parents, couples, and families.
Dr. Sharon holds a Master’s and Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University in New York City, as well as a Master’s in Social Work from NYU and MBA in Industrial Psychology from the Zicklin School of Business, in New York City. She has received the highest accreditation as a Board-Certified Diplomate-Fellow in advanced child and adolescent psychology, marital and family relations, psychoeducational assessment, hypnotherapy, and clinical psychology.
In addition, Dr. Sharon is also an executive life coach, public speaker, career counselor and has worked as a corporate training development manager. As a Human Resource Consultant she developed and implemented management training programs.
As a parenting expert Dr. Sharon has developed various revolutionary tools to help couples, parents, and families achieve happiness and success. She has developed and implemented a wide range of successful workshops that focus on topics such as family leadership, new parent survival skills, and life skills training for teens and college students. She has authored two award winning parenting /self-help books and articles for national and local publications.
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