One of the hardest days for many women around the world is Mother’s Day. These women suffer greatly on this day because they have lost a child. According to psychologists, losing a child is one of the worst traumas a human being can experience. When a child dies, a mother loses a piece of her own heart. Not only that, she loses all that she looked forward to in seeing that child fulfill their potential.
International Bereaved Mother's Day is a day for mothers who have lost a child to recognize that they will be
mothers forever. It is a day to find healing and restoration.
Carlie Marie Dudley started International Bereaved Mothers Day in 2010. She started the day in honor of her stillborn son, Christian. Carlie is from Australia. Since its inception, the day has helped bereaved mothers around the world connect, heal, and find hope for their future.
Elora Gartley is a Registered Social Worker. She has completed her Masters of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University as well as her Bachelor Honours of Psychology at Brock University. Elora specializes in support of individuals and couples struggling with anxiety, depression, loss, trauma, and relationship issues. Elora's practice, compassion, non-judgemental and empathetic approach is bolstered by her lived experience with metal health and trauma. Elora recognizes it is difficult to seek support, and healing becomes possible once we approach vulnerability with courage.
"In March of 2021, my husband Gregory and I were expecting our first child. We were fortunate to have a healthy pregnancy with no complications or concerns. On the day after my due date, I went into labour and after several hours my water broke. We eagerly made our way to the hospital and the excitement was at an all-time high. At least it was for my husband and our families. I think I was excited but honestly, I was just focused on managing the waves of pain because wow, labour is hard and it hurts! (Shout out to every woman- we are seriously superhuman) When we arrived at the hospital, they brought me into triage to check me. I was told I was a rockstar at managing pain as I was already 8cm dilated. But the pain that came next was unlike any other. When my midwife hooked up the monitor, she could not find the baby's heartbeat."
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