Canadians come together on October 15 to remember children who died too soon

More than 1,800 infants die in their first year of life and close to 3,000 babies are stillborn every year in Canada. No statistical records exist for miscarriages, but it is estimated that 1 in 4 pregnancies end in loss.

Looking back on the early days after the loss of our daughter, those were the darkest days of my life. I never want to go back to those days again. But the support I was able to get from other mothers who had experienced the loss of their own babies really helped me. You hope that no one has to experience the loss of their child, but it does happen. That’s why I always try to tell my story, and share any advice I have with other mom’s whose losses are fresh. It is important to know you are not alone.” – Stephanie Larson

Community support is incredibly important after such tragic losses. During October, a month dedicated to raising awareness about pregnancy and infant loss, Canadians come together to break the silence about this difficult topic. At 16 Walks to Remember in 8 Canadian provinces hundreds of bereaved parents and their communities join to remember their beloved children. On October 15 – Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day which is officially recognized by several provinces and dozens of municipalities – landmarks across the country illuminate in pink and blue to set a visible sign in support of parents and to shine a light for the little ones.

All Canadians are encouraged to show their support by lighting a candle at 7pm that day for one hour in their local time zone to form an international wave of light.

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Upcoming Walks to Remember

  • Essex, Ontario
  • Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Sydney, Nova Scotia
  • Weyburn, Saskatchewan
  • Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
  • Moosomin, Saskatchewan
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Moncton, New Brunswick
  • Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
  • St. Stephen, New Brunswick

Landmark Illuminations

  • London Convention Centre, ON
  • London Convention Centre, ON
  • London City Hall, ON
  • London Life, ON
  • One London Place, ON
  • Burlington City Hall, ON
  • Burlington Pier, ON
  • CN Tower, ON
  • Niagara Falls, ON
  • Peace Bridge, ON
  • The Big Fiddle, Sydney, NS
  • Mahone Bay Churches, NS
  • Halifax City Hall, NS
  • Truro Library, NS
  • Confederation Building, St. John’s, NL
  • High Level Bridge, Edmonton, AB
  • Reconciliation Bridge, Calgary, AB
  • Airdrie City Hall, AB
  • ATB Financial Edmonton, AB
  • McMahon Stadium, AB
  • Calgary Tower, AB
  • Science World, BC
Published: 05 October 2017