Bedford town bridge has been lit up for Baby Loss Awareness UK Week, which aims to raise awareness of the tragedy that parents face when they lose a baby and the organisations set up to help them.
Daniel and Joanne Owens sadly lost their child, Eden, who was stillborn on 22/03/2018 at Bedford Hospital. They spoke to Bedford Independent about their own experiences and how it has affected them and their family: “Baby loss changes the lives of many generations forever. For grandparents, parents, siblings, family and friends, things will never be the same.
“Parents become ’the couple who lost a baby’ and it’s common for friends, and even family members, to go their separate ways just because they cannot find the words.
“As parents of a stillborn baby called Eden, we know how hard it is to talk about but as a friend or family member, remember what those parents have been through, they need to know you support them, they need to know that you support their child, we are amazingly proud of our babies, just a simple text, however awkward you feel, saying “thinking of you” is acceptable, it means a thousand words.
“All mentally and physically emotional traits are experienced by parents of stillborn or Babies whom have died, please talk to us and help us cope with hell.
“We wish to thank Bedford Borough Council and the Mayor Dave Hodgson for their help in getting the lights changed so swiftly and helping raise awareness”
Baby Loss Awareness Week runs from 9-15 October. To find out more, visit www.babyloss-awareness.org
Picture credit: Cliff Harvey.