Local Tampa Heights community center holds space for families going through pregnancy or infant loss this October. In 1988 President Reagan proclaimed the entire month of October as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage or infant loss. It is a staggering statistic and goes to show how often loss is experienced. However, this is still something that is rarely talked about or shared in our society which leaves those affected with feelings of shame, anger, and loneliness. One way to cope with a loss is to talk about it, make an effort not to isolate yourself and to look for support from others.
As part of our mission at the Community Roots Collective we honor October as Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness month. We invite you to join the several local events hosted by the Roots and other local support services this October to hold space for you in your loss journey.
This year we will be sharing space again with our friends from the local chapters of A.M.E.N.D. Tampa and HOPE Mommies Tampa Bay. We also join The Finley Project and Full Cycle Loss Support for an informal heart sharing circle this year. Please read about the events below and if you are experiencing or have experienced loss know there is support for you in your community.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 7, 2018 2-4PM
AMEND TAMPA ANNUAL CANDLE LIGHTING
PEPIN HEART HOSPITAL 3100 E Fletcher Ave, Tampa, FL 33613
AMEND’s Annual Candle Lighting with Florida Hospital Tampa will be held Sunday, October 7th, from 2 – 4 PM at Pepin Heart Hospital in the Wallace Center. Program starts at 2:30. Friends & family are welcome.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 12, 2018 7-9PM
GRIEF & GIVING BACK: A NIGHT FOR LOSS FAMILIES
COMMUNITY ROOTS COLLECTIVE 2746 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33602
Join the Community Roots Collective for an evening of sharing and support as part of our mission to honor Miscarriage and Infant Loss Awareness month.
This year we welcome Noelle Moore, mom to Finley and founder of The Finley Project based in Orlando. Noelle will share her story of persevering, advocating for change, and ways to help others after loss. Immediately following the formal presentation we invite families to join Sarah Parrott, founder of Full Cycle Loss Support, for an informal heart space circle to share your baby’s story, your story, or your grief.
Event is free to attend and all are welcome. Visit the Facebook Page for more info.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 13, 2018 6-8PM
2ND ANNUAL PREGNANCY & INFANT LOSS AWARENESS FAMILY WALK
COTANCHOBEE FT BROOKE PARK 601 Old Water St, Tampa, FL 33602
All are welcome to participate in this special day of love and remembrance. Our 2nd Annual Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day is a day for all grieving parents to be surrounded by love and support from their friends, family, and community. It is a day to not only reflect on the loss but to also embrace love and healing.
Community Roots Collective invites your family and friends to spend this special day with us in remembrance of these angels.
We will gather for a 1 mile family walk along the Riverwalk. We will have snacks and water, a community art project for remembering our babies, musical accompaniment, and families sharing their stories. Each attendee will go home with a seed card. We will finish the night by releasing flowers into the river.
All walkers will need tickets. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids up to age 15. Children being worn or pushed in strollers are free to attend. There is a playground for any children in attendance. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-pregnancy-infant-loss-awareness-family-walk-tickets-45617070887
All proceeds will go to the local loss groups A.M.E.N.D. Tampa and Hope Mommies. A representative from each will be in attendance to share their support resources for the community.
Please stay tuned to the Facebook event for more schedule details and updates.
If you would like to contribute by speaking or are a support organization and would like to have an informational table at the event, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or register via the Eventbrite link above.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 14, 2018 3-5PM
PREGNANCY & INFANT LOSS AWARENESS DAY EVENT
SAFETY HARBOR MARINA VETERANS PARK 110 Veterans Memorial Lane, Safety Harbor, FL 34695
We welcome everyone to join Hope Mommies Tampa Bay Chapter to honor and celebrate our sweet Hope Babies! We will have live music, a raffle with beautiful items for Hope families, and the afternoon will end with a flower release off the pier.
Please register by using this form. We will provide a flower for each baby’s life we are celebrating. You can email email@example.com or call/text (727) 514-1976 with any questions.
Find the complete details at the Facebook Page.
To find out more information about any of these events, visit us online at www.barefootbirth.com/communityrootscollective, on Facebook or Instagram at /communityrootscollective, or call 813-515-0825 x0.