Sunday, May 6, 2012

Bereaved Mother's Day

Today is a special day to me. It is something that most people have never even heard of and have no need to hear of it. Today is International Bereaved Mother's Day, formerly International Babylost Mother's Day. It falls on the first Sunday in May each year. I have been recognizing it since it started in 2010, the year my daughter was born and died.

Here is what Carly Marie (the creator of this special day) had to say about it:

"This day was created to get people to start talking about the real meaning of Mother’s Day. Do you know who started it? Anna Jarvis founded the traditional Mother’s Day to honour her mother who experienced the death of 7 of her children and somehow through the years it has turned into a commercialized mess that card companies make millions of dollars from, but the worst thing is that bereaved mothers are completely forgotten.

This special day was created in 2010 to honour and celebrate the mothers who carry some if not all of their children in their hearts rather than their arms. In our modern day society, mothers who are grieving the death of their babies and children are usually forgotten. The traditional Mother's Day has proven to be an emotionally difficult day for so many mothers around the world. Just because your baby died does not mean that you are not a mother anymore. You are your baby’s mother forever and people need to start recognizing this fact."

You can also read what Carly Marie wrote about this special day in a post at the new Still Standing online magazine. Also, please become a fan on the facebook pageTo help raise awareness for this beautiful day take some flowers from the flower gallery, found on the facebook page and Carly Marie's website. Post them as your profile image on your favorite social network. Post them on your friends walls on facebook and let them know they are beautiful mothers. Also, use the images on your blogs or websites.

So, my dear friends who carry a baby in their heart while they run the streets of gold...this flower is for you. Thank you for being there for me on this journey of grief and healing. And thank you to those of you who remembered me today and honored my girl. I will share later what I did special for the day. Much love.

Read my daughter, Lily's story, here.



  1. Hugs Hanna, remembering LILY with you!

  2. Thank you for sharing this post. I remember our last Mother's day together. It was so bittersweet. I will never forget sitting in the basement of the church having sweet conversation and sharing precious tears together. You are a beautiful mother, Hannah Rose!


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