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How will your life impact future generations? What is your legacy? The dictionary defines legacy as, “a gift of property, especially personal property, as money, by will; a bequest”. But beyond material possessions, there is the legacy of what you leave behind in an intangible way. How you lived. Your ideas. Your humanity. There is plenty of guidance on how to prepare your financial estate-- saving money, acquiring property, writing a will, etc.. Less so on passing down spiritual beliefs, emotional values, and life lessons that are also part of a person’s heritage.
If you’ve never lost a child, experienced a miscarriage or stillbirth, you might not know about Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. October 15th is observed across the world by lighting a candle at 7 p.m. in memory and recognition of babies who left us too soon. In the United States, each year, approximately one million pregnancies end in miscarriage, stillbirth, or the death of the newborn child--that is one in four pregnancies, according to the CDC. Even if you haven’t been directly impacted by this terrible loss, you are likely to know someone who has experienced the loss of a baby.