Nothing could have prepared Paula Harmon for what happened on December 28, 2016, which was the day she lost her three-year-old daughter, Grace Neala Tamsin Densmore.
But since that day, Harmon has been working tirelessly to raise awareness about pregnancy and infant loss. Her non-profit support and advocacy group, Gardens of Grace, has been fighting to ensure Nova Scotian families have access to the necessary supports in their time of need.
Today, Pictou East MLA Tim Houston will reintroduce the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Act in the Legislature. The bill will proclaim October 15th as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day.
“I’m asking all MLAs to support this worthy cause, because this issue affects families in all corners of our province,” says Houston. “By raising awareness about pregnancy and infant loss, we can begin to provide women and families with the support and compassion they need at such a difficult time.”
Gardens of Grace has been advocating municipalities across the province to proclaim October 15th as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. Twenty-eight municipalities in Nova Scotia will proclaim October 15th Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day and CBRM will declare the day.
“So many families think they are alone,” says Harmon. “But I want them to know they are never alone. Losing my child was the saddest thing my family could ever go through. Nothing will replace her, but by proclaiming this day, we can at least honour her and the other children who were gone too soon.”
Paula Harmon will be joined at the Legislature by Raylene MacPherson, who spoke out last year after suffering with the loss of her unborn son.