POSTED BY DEVANMCGUINNESS ON FEBRUARY 3RD, 2012 AT 11:41 AM

No one can ever really be prepared to experience loss. Unfortunately for many of us, loss is something we have or will experience when it comes to miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death. I know this topic can make people feel uncomfortable — I understand that — who really wants to think about it?

The reality is that many of us will experience loss — with an estimated 20% of pregnancies ending in miscarriage and 1 in 160* pregnancies ending in stillbirth there is a large group of us who will live through this. It is not easy (to put it lightly) but when we come together as a community, we are able to survive it easier. Talking with those who understand helps in more ways then I can say.

While you can find a lot of medical information about what miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death are, it’s not easy to find information on what to do in case of or immediately after. I asked the community on Unspoken Grief what they wish they had known BEFORE or what they wish someone had told them BEFORE loss that they feel could have better prepared them.

Click through to read advice from parents who are living through grief and what they wish they knew beforehand:

“To take hand and foot prints and a lock of hair (which I was lucky enough to get). Those small personal things that were a part of your child.” – Ruth

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