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EXCLUSIVE: 'Married at First Sight' Star Jamie Otis Opens Up About Sharing Photo of Her Late Son

by Jennifer Drysdale 2:57 PM PDT, October 20, 2016
Playing EXCLUSIVE: 'Married at First Sight' Star Jamie Otis Opens Up About Sharing Photo of Her Late Son

Married at First Sight stars Jamie Otis and Doug Hehner are still grieving the loss of their child.

Otis, who suffered a miscarriage in July, took to Facebook and her blog on Monday to pay tribute to her son, Johnathan Edward, in a heartbreaking Facebook post in honor of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.

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"I can't sleep well tonight so I blogged about my sweet boy, Johnathan Edward," she wrote on Facebook, alongside an image of herself and Hehner gazing down at their baby boy. "I realize there is a great stigma associated with sharing photos of your baby who was born too early and has already gone to heaven so I want to say sorry if this offends you. However, if there's one thing my husband has taught me it's this: 'Don't live life trying NOT to offend anyone and trying to please everyone.'"

"I hope by me sharing my sweet boy, Johnny (as Doug and I call him)," she added, "you'll realize that he's a harmless, helpless baby who deserves to be remembered, not hidden away because his image may offend someone."

The post has since received a positive response on social media, with other mothers praising Otis for her courage and sharing their own photos of their late children -- which Otis tells ET was one of the motivations behind her heartbreaking post.

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"I've realized that there are SO many women who have experienced a similar loss and feel so isolated from it," Otis tells ET. "It wasn't until I blogged [that I realized that] so many women feel the same way as me. It's taboo to share photos and talk about miscarriage."

"I really want to desensitize this topic," she adds. "I want to show [other women who have miscarried] that they aren't alone, and I want to give them a space where they can share their sweet baby who was taken from the world too early. I hope by me sharing my story and my son, Johnny, it helps women who have gone through similar circumstances or who are going through a loss now."

But for Otis, the most important thing is making sure that her own child isn't forgotten.

"Since we lost our son I've felt so alone and sad. It's been one of the worst experiences in my life. My biggest fear is that my sweet little baby will just be forgotten and it will be like he never even existed," she says. "I wanted to share Johnny so as he looks down from Heaven he'll know how loved, cherished, and important he still is to his mommy and daddy."

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