Chances are high that you probably know someone who’s experienced a pregnancy loss. If you don’t know someone directly, then you’ve likely heard of someone else’s story of loss.
There are certain things in life that we take for granted and the ability to conceive and bring a living baby home is one. If you’ve experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth, other type of pregnancy loss or neonatal death, you may have found yourself scouring the internet to find resources on what to do or expect following this tragedy. I’ve put together a curated list of resources that many of my clients have used and have found incredibly helpful in their time of greatest sorrow and need.
- Share: Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support
Share offers an online support group for parents and other family members grieving as a result of pregnancy or infant loss.
- Molly Bears
This organization creates weighted teddy bears that are the same weight as the baby for families that are coping with any form of infant loss.
- The Tears Foundation
This foundation helps families with the financial burden of the loss by providing funds to assist with the cost of burial or cremation services.
- Return to Zero
This website has an incredible amount of information and resources for bereaved parents, supportive family and friends as well as health care professionals. There’s also a directory if you’re looking for a therapist to help you with your healing journey.
- Still Standing Magazine
This is a great resource for all who are grieving child loss and infertility. Here you’ll find great articles from writers surviving loss in this digital magazine.
- Compassionate Friends
This is a place to connect and find other friends who have experienced loss. It’s a great reminder that you are not alone.
- Faces of Loss
A place for women to come together who have lost a child, to share stories and faces with others who may be looking for reassurance that they are not alone.
- Grieving Dads
Because dads grieve the loss of their babies too, this is a wonderful resource for fathers to connect.
- Reconceiving Loss
This public magazine features stories of pregnancy and baby loss. The cool thing about this resource is that it includes essays, videos, music, art and poetry. Everyone experiences and expresses grief differently.
- Held Your Whole Life
HYWL offers personalized memorial jewelry for moms who’ve lost a baby in the womb.
- Grieve Out Loud
Offers a Pen Pal Program for families, a private online support group and customizable individual support.
- The Finley Project
This is a 7-Part Holistic Program addressing the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of mothers. It’s a resource I recommend often to my clients because it’s so comprehensive.
- Bereavement Doula
These trained professionals assist with many things associated with loss. They offer support with hearing the news, preparing for the hospital experience, the birth, meeting the baby and even after leaving the hospital support continues.
- Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep
With a network of over 7,000 volunteer photographers, families can request a photographer to come to their hospice location or to the hospital for a private portrait session. Images of the precious baby are retouched and given to the families to print. Did I mention it was a free service?
- Empty Arms: Coping with Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Infant Death
This is a book that I believe anyone who’s just experienced a loss needs to get their hands on. It seeks to prepare families for coping with the loss of pregnancy or an infant and the many decisions that families need to consider following the loss.
- Sunshine State Angel Gowns
A team of dedicated volunteers make gowns for babies from donated wedding dresses. They are the most beautiful gowns I have ever seen! Many families use these gowns for the burial of their babies.
- CLIMB: Center for Loss in Multiple Birth
Parent to parent support for families who have experienced the death of one or more twins or higher multiple birth children.
- Healing Your Grieving Heart After Miscarriage: 100 Practical Ideas for Parents and Families
A compassionate guide for those grieving loss due to a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy.
- Human Milk Bank
Great resource for mom who experience lactation after loss and wish to donate their breast milk.
- Star Legacy Foundation
Offers online support groups for families who have experienced a perinatal loss.
- Light After Loss
A retreat in the Cayman Islands that offers a sacred space for women to heal, release guilt and be surrounded by a loving sisterhood.
- Sisters in Loss
A podcast that brings awareness through sharing women’s stories of loss and grief.
- Baby Loss Connection
A private Facebook support group that’s faith based for folks in the loss community.
- Birth Injury Center
An incredibly informative resource on Intrauertine Fetal Demise, more commonly known as stillbirth.
My hope is that you will never have a reason to use these resources but if you do, please know that you don’t have to stifle your grieve and struggle in silence. I’m here to walk alongside with you on your grief journey so you don’t have to navigate this alone or in the dark. Call to schedule a consultation so we can discuss how I can support you with your loss.