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October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, a time to remember babies who died too soon. For many generations, the loss of an infant didn't only go unnoticed, but many women were forbidden to talk about it. In wasn't until the last part of the 20th century when mothers were able to grieve the loss of their babies without the fear of being ...an outcast.

About Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

In 1988, then-President Ronald Reagan proclaimed October as a national month of mourning in remembrance of babies who died in through miscarriage, stillbirth and other causes. This observance allows families and communities to come together to not only celebrate those infants' lives, but also to increase the understanding into why these tragedies occurred and work at preventing them in the future.

This proclamation also recognizes that in recent years, factors such as smaller families and a mother's advanced age at childbirth add more dimensions of grief on bereaved parents. Therefore, health care professionals are being trained and support groups formed to help in such situations.

However, it's not just parents who need good grief support. Bereavement groups have also been formed for siblings, grandparents and other extended family members. Various types of child loss support groups are also available for families who wish to have more specific gatherings to attend and talk about their deceased infants.

Past generations rarely talked about pregnancy and infant loss, and for years, were saddled with the grief. Recognition such as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, allows this subject to be brought into the spotlight and families to grieve their losses publicly, as well as privately. This awareness helps bereaved individuals know they are never alone too.
Facts About Pregnancy and Infant Loss

According to the American Pregnancy Association, out of the roughly six millions pregnancies that occur each year in the United States, about two million end in a loss including:

* Miscarriage
* Termination (medical and non-medical)
* Ectopic pregnancies
* Molar pregnancies
* Stillbirth
* Inadequate prenatal care
* Prematurity
* Low birth rate
* Various birth defects

Yet, at least 25,000 infants die each year before their first birthday from accidents, murders, illnesses and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Time set aside each year can also help educate others about the prevention of some of these deaths, such:

* Accident pool drownings
* Infant neglect or abuse
* Traffic accidents when a car seat is not used or is used improperly
* Heat exhaustion after a baby is left for long periods of time in a locked vehicle

National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

In the United State and Canada, October 15 has been recognized as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. This day allows families and friends, through a variety of remembrance ceremonies, to honor their babies who died. Candlelight vigils are held throughout these two countries and coincides with the International Wave of Light ceremony at 7 p.m. local time in all time zones. Participants are asked to burn their candles for at least one hour, resulting in a continuous chain of lighted candles throughout the globe on this day. Some organizations recognize October 15 as Infant and Child Death Awareness Day, as a way to include all children who have died, not just babies
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My beautiful son David Thomas Logan took his own life on December 2nd 2009 at the age of 18 please pass this balloon on and help me keep his memory alive, we miss him so very very much xxx
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Madeleine was born in May 2003 - a long-awaited and very much longed for little girl. She lives in the village of Rothley in Leicester, with her mummy and daddy and little brother and sister, Sean and Amelie.
Madeleine McCann disappeared on the evening of Thursday, 3 May 2007, while on holiday with her parents and twin siblings in the Algarve
...region of Portugal.

Madeleines balloon is on a journey to visit people and places all around the world to remind people that no news is good news and to never give up hoping, and needs your help to pass it along!
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My balloon is on a journey to visit people and places all around the world, and I need your help to pass it along. This balloon is for my grandma Tommie Dell Oswalt she was my mom's favorite person. She was very kind to everyone. My mom always told me she wanted to travel so this is part of her travel. I never really did live close to her so I only ...seen her once,n,alwile but everytime I went to see her, it was a blast. So this is for her, my grandma.See MoreHide

Joanne's balloon is on a journey to visit people and places all around the world, and needs your help to pass it along! Caroline was a dear girl, the child her mother thought she'd never have. One day, she was going to break her mother's heart. Margaret Glachan had tried long and hard to have a child. After four miscarriages and one stillborn baby..., Margaret had almost given up when she became pregnant again.

After a difficult pregnancy and birth, the miracle happened.

Her wee girl might have been premature and weighed only 2lb but she was bonny and a fighter.

Against the odds, she survived and thrived and grew up to be a beautiful, bright girl.
By 1996, at 14, Caroline Glachan was healthy, with thick dark hair, a wide smile and had a way that made her popular.
She was all her mum had dreamed of and more.
It was August 24, 1996, and the next day was special - Margaret's 40th birthday.
But Sunday being a night before work for some, Margaret and her friends had a wee celebration on the Saturday night. It was a night that would end in tears.
As Margaret and some of her friends had a bit of a party, Caroline went out to be with friends.

After all, she was 14 and that's what most teenagers do.

In her home town of Bonhill, Dunbartonshire, kids hung around the Ladyton Shopping Centre, a few yards from the Glachan home, and that's where Caroline went.
In towns and cities all over the country kids were hanging about just like they were in Bonhill.

Caroline and Joanne liked hanging out with each other, chatting with other friends their friends, music, TV programmes, school, make-up, clothes and boys. Or they would go to each others houses or other friends house's to watch movie's typical teenager's.

Later, Caroline and her best pal, Joanne Menzies, went to a friends house just for a visit then were going back to stay at Caroline's house. Around 11.30 pm, Caroline said she wanted to see her new boyfriend who was older than her.

So just before midnight, she told Joanne she was going to see him and would be back soon Joanne stayed at Caroline's home waiting on her friend's return and set off alone towards nearby Renton.

No one gave it a second thought. It was their home patch and they felt safe there.
Caroline would be walking a route all of them took regularly. She would be safe.
There were little paths through woods down by the River Leven that led to a bridge and across the water to where Renton lay.

Caroline was scared of such places, especially after dark. She'd play it safe, others thought.
But when she didn't come home that night, her mother knew something terrible had happened.

Margaret wouldn't enjoy her 40th birthday the next day. She wouldn't enjoy a birthday ever again. Her daughter, Caroline, was found dead that day, half-submerged in the River Leven.

Caroline was fully dressed, hadn't been sexually assaulted and didn't carry much money with her ever.

So, it wasn't rape or robbery. The cops were stuck for a motive.

She had suffered what the cops call "blunt trauma". That is, blows from an implement or a fist that doesn't have sharp edges or points.
They were typical injuries from a vicious beating.
The police set about door-to-door interviews. Most residents of Bonhill helped in any way they could, a community horrified by young Caroline's murder.

One local had heard a scream come from behind the Vale of Leven Academy, on the backs of the river, around 12.30am.
They had just thought it was kids down there messing about in the dark as they sometimes did.

The police believed that scream had come from Caroline.

The cops retraced the route Caroline would have taken down a quiet back lane, Dillichip Loan, and over the rickety Black Bridge, a small footbridge across the river.

At that time of night, it was almost pitch dark and a towpath running along the banks of the river was known as a haunt for druggies.

Margaret Glachan and Caroline's friends couldn't understand why she went down the river leven alone.

Caroline was an assertive young woman who stood up for herself, but as soon as a confrontation was going to boil over, she backed off.

She was also terrified of the woods and other spooky areas around Bonhill.

Yet, that night she had deliberately walked into one the less lite parts of the area expecting to meet her boyfriend.

She'd never taken drugs, she was only 14 years old. As her Toxicology had told so the rumor's of drug taking were false.

Was that where she expected to meet her new boyfriend, the cops wondered? But still, she'd be scared to go down there and would have been very careful, even if she was to meet with someone she knew.

The area was covered in cops for weeks. They interviewed thousands and took more than 1000 witness statements.

The only clue they got was that a man wearing a dark hooded top had been seen around there at the time. No name, no details just that basic description.

The police had reached one conclusion - Caroline's killer was local.

The area around the footbridge wouldn't be familiar to outsiders and, more to the point, the signs of a stranger killer - usually rape and sexual assault - weren't there. Caroline's mum had reached another conclusion - that she had known her killer and her killer had known her.

Everyone in Bonhill knew each other and Caroline was well known and liked by many people.

As Margaret Glachan later said: "She thought nobody would ever do her any harm because she was well liked and well known in the local community.

"But then, most teenagers think they will live forever."

She would've gone with someone she knew because she naturally trusted them, thinking ill of no one. What had happened then?

Had that person - most likely a man or was it a woman - asked her to do something? Had she refused and they burst into a fury?

A murderous temper?

A local person then, but not for sure. A person who must be known to someone. A person who must have shown signs of the violence they perpetrated that night.

A person who might well be living still in Bonhill. A person who was being sheltered and protected by his family.

Every year on her birthday thereafter, Margaret Glachan made an appeal for information on her daughter's murder,always joined by Caroline's best friend, Joanne Menzies.

Joanne who admits to living with some unearned guilt and on the 10th anniversary of her pal's murder said: "I should have walked with her down to the Black Bridge. She was meant to meet her boyfriend there. Maybe if I was with her, she'd still be alive,maybe if I stopped her from going."

With Caroline's murder, a part of her friend died, too.

Joanne added: "I still think of Caroline every day."

JOANNE is not the only one. In 2006, anonymous donors put up £15,000 reward money for evidence leading to the capture of Caroline's killer.

Fifteen years on, the death of an innocent girl still torments the good people of Bonhill. These repeated appeals for information and even coverage on Crime watch are slowly drawing more and more clues. Yet still Caroline Glachan's murder remains unsolved.

As Caroline's mother recently said of the murderer: "I could be serving them in the shop where I work. That thought tortures me.

"When I walk the streets in Bonhill, I think to myself, 'Am I walking past the person who killed my daughter?'"

Margaret Glachan might well be right.

Let us hope that one day soon her waking nightmare will end.

That her good girl who fought so hard for life only to have it snatched away is finally given justice.

The police and Caroline's mum both reached one conclusion - the killer had to be a local and being sheltered by people who know, Do they feel no guilt??.
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Karen's balloon is on a journey to visit people and places all around the world, and needs your help to pass it along!

Dylans balloon is on a journey to visit lots of destinations to help spread the name of her son Dylan, who was tragically hit by a car 2weeks b4 Halloween 2009..

Farrah's balloon is on a journey to visit people and places all around the world, and needs your help to pass it along! Farrah went to Heaven to be with Jesus on 7-13-11 at the young age of 15 months. You will forever be remembered.

I was took by cancer on the 7th of the 8th month 2009.
I left 8 wonderful children my wife and brother Clarence.
20 grandchildren and 1 grate grandchild.
I am always watching over you all and how proud i am.
Till we meet again
Always Daddy Al

I left this earth so suddenly,
I left behind such a wounderful familly,
4 Sisters 3 Brothers a loving mother step father,
Wife 4 Daughters and Grandson' nephews n nieces
and many more who loved me
I was in a dark place but now i'm free.
With the angles now i can be me.
Till we meet again some day!!!
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