In Honor of October 15th

by appellationmountain on October 15, 2012

Candles Candles by Arne Hulstein via Flickr

Appellation Mountain arrived early in 2008, and as the community has grown, I’ve realized that a relatively small percentage of the visitors are actually attempting to name a baby-on-the-way.

Some of us are name nerds, some of us are all about celebrity gossip, some of us just like language and words.  And some of us are too young to start families, but are just planning for a far distant future.

But part of the audience reading this right now includes those who are trying to conceive.  For some of us, that will prove to be a long and difficult road.  October 15th is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, and this post is meant for anyone struggling with issues of infertility or loss.

I’m never sure how to talk about this.  It seems terrible and common, and terribly common.  Too many women I know have struggled to start a family.  That brings me to the only thing I do know: talking about it matters.  It’s a real loss, and we all deserve the opportunity to grieve.

So if you’re here hoping and wishing for a child, this is acknowledgement that you’re not alone.  And if you’re grieving, you’ve probably already discovered the resources through the October 15th website.

Here’s wishing you hope and healing.  I understand that you might not be comfortable participating in the conversations here, but please know that you are welcome.

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