We woke up to the devastating op-ed the Duchess of Sussex wrote in today’s New York Times. There was no way we couldn’t comment, no way we couldn’t say something about the powerful, poignant words of the woman we follow day in and day out.
Yes, we write about Meghan’s fashion. Yes, we write about what candles she chooses and what books sit behind her on her sitting room table while she is on Zoom. But we also write about the work she does, and we also really like Meghan as a human being. And that’s where our hearts are today – not Meghan as the Duchess of Sussex, or the co-founder of Archewell, but Meghan as a person.
We mourn alongside you, Meghan, and thank you for your courage to share such an intimate part of your life on a global stage – again.
Meghan is so routinely criticized in the media that she had absolutely no obligation to let the world in on her very personal grief and anguish. But she did, and she likely did so because she wants to do some good – to bring awareness to pregnancy loss, to use her pain for a purpose.
That is strength. That is courage. That is bravery.
Meghan, we applaud you.
And to all women – and there are, unfortunately, so many of you – who have dealt with a similar pain of pregnancy loss at any stage, we stand beside you, too. We can only hope that Meghan’s words provide some proof that you are not alone.
It is an honor to write about this woman on this site. While the clothes and shoes and bags and jewelry she chooses are fascinating, what truly compels us is that this is a woman who is a force, who works in her own unique way to change the world for the better.
And, this Thanksgiving and always, we’re thankful for that.
If you have suffered a miscarriage or loss and are in need of support, or if you wish to do something to help further miscarriage awareness, there is help out there. Please visit – VeryWellFamily.com – Pregnancy Loss Support Organizations.
Here are some additional support groups and charities:
- Peanut – a social network that provides support for all stages of motherhood. The network offers an app that you can download from their site here.
- Petals Baby Loss Counselling Charity provides free specialist counselling to parents suffering pregnancy trauma/loss in the UK. You can donate to their charity here.
- Miscarriage Association based in the UK, offers assistance for those who have been affected by miscarriage, molar pregnancy or ectopic pregnancy.
- Share Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support in the US is a community for anyone who experiences the tragic death of a baby.
- The March of Dimes supports moms throughout pregnancy. Learn about Giving Tuesday Triple Match, December 1, 2020 here.
- Tommy’s, UK, funds research into miscarriage, premature birth & stillbirth and provides free pregnancy health information to parents-to-be.