Grief Resources

If you need immediate support, please call First Candle: 1-800-221-7437 (Counselors are available 24/7)

MISCARRIAGE, STILL BIRTH AND FULL TERM LOSS

First Candle

No matter how deep your grief and how great your pain, remember that you are not alone. First Candle, along with others who have traveled this road before you, can help you through this difficult time. We can guide you through the grieving process and empower you to help other families facing the same tragedy. For Immediate Grief Support, Call  1-800-221-7437. Counselors are available 24/7

Born Still

Christian support for grieving parents

Miscarriage Manual

A primary guide for parents who have experienced the death of a child through miscarriage, stillbirth or other perinatal loss.

Miscarriage Support

A helpful resource for couples who’ve experienced a miscarriage — both to educate and to support.

M.I.S.S.

An international nonprofit organization which provides immediate and ongoing support to grieving families

Stillbirthday.com

If you are miscarrying or found out that your baby is not expected to survive past delivery, the website walks you through a path of informational links specific to your situation.

Tips for Professionals Caring for a Stillborn Infant

GENERAL GRIEF INFORMATION

Symptoms of Grief

Normal Reactions to Loss

Death of a Child

How to Help Grieving Children

Child Grief

Teen and Young Adult Grief

Men and Grief

INFERTILITY

Hannah’s Prayer

Christian support for fertility challenges

Resolve

The National Infertility Association is a non-profit organization with the only established, nationwide network mandated to promote reproductive health and to ensure equal access to all family building options for men and women experiencing infertility or other reproductive disorders.

FINANCIAL HELP

Mason’s Cause

Through generous donations and fundraising efforts, Mason’s Cause has begun a bereavement grant program to help assist families with the financial burdens associated with the death of a child.

The TEARS Foundation

The TEARS Foundation compassionately assists newly bereaved families who have lost an infant by providing financial support for funeral expenses and emotional support services.

SUICIDE

If you need immediate support, please call First Candle:

1-800-221-7437

Counselors are available 24/7

What you can do to help prevent a suicide

GRIEF AFTER ABORTION

A Heartbreaking Choice

Support for those parents who choose to interrupt their pregnancies after poor prenatal diagnosis.

Exhale

Exhale offers a free, After-Abortion Talkline that provides confidential, non-judgmental emotional support, resources and information to women and girls who have had abortions and to their partners, friends, allies and family members.

Hope After Abortion

There is hope after abortion… Catholic-based information about Project Rachael and spiritual support for abortion grief.

SIDS

American SIDS Institute

Angels in the Media is a letter writing campaign to draw awareness to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

First Candle/SIDS Alliance

Support for families experiencing the death of a baby or anyone seeking the latest, quality-assured information about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

BEREAVEMENT GIFTS 

Love to Know Death and Dying 

Christening and Burial Gowns for Babies

My Forever Child

Artisan handcrafted and personalized jewelry and keepsakes to comfort those touched by the loss of a Child

Bereavement-Poems-Articles

Poems and articles for those suffering from grief and loss. Bereavement Poems and Articles covers a variety of topics to provide inspiration and comfort for the bereaved plus an online memorial tribute.

FACEBOOK PAGES

Angels Are Always Among Us – Support for Grieving & Bereaved Parents

Support for parents who have experienced a loss of a child due to miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death, SIDS or any other cause

Brona: A Memoir

One mother’s story written to break the silence around baby loss

Healing Hearts Baby Loss Comfort

A place for your sadness. A tribute to your loss. Comfort for your healing body. Earth Mama’s baby loss page.

Love and Loss

A pregnancy, infant, and child loss support group and a community of people who have endured the pain of losing a child (or children), or who are family members or friends of those who have lost little ones. All are welcome here.

Still Affected

Raising awareness for still births and providing support for those who grieve.

The MISS Foundation

We provide comprehensive support to families who have experienced the death of a child at any age..

Unspoken Grief

Breaking the silence of miscarriage, stillbirth, and neonatal loss. Share your stories.

BOOKS

A Grief Unveiled: One Father’s Journey Through the Loss of a Child by Gregory Floyd

In A Grief Unveiled, Floyd reveals his heart-breaking journey through the sorrow of losing a young child, as he deals not only with his own broken heart, but also with the struggle to reconstruct his role as husband, father, and protector. With rare candor, Floyd captures the almost indescribable moments of pain as well as the palpable moments of grace as he openly shares his struggle with the theological why’s and the personal emotions that question the goodness of God.

A Grief Unveiled: Fifteen Years Later by Gregory Floyd

With brutal honesty, this loving father openly reveals the depths of his pain as he struggles to maintain faith and provide leadership for his family. He also reflects as he watches his other children mature, get married, and begin their own independent lives in the time since his son’s death. Each of the children adds his and her own brief reflections in a special appendix to this important volume.

A Silent Sorrow: Pregnancy Loss-Guidance and Support for You and Your Family by Perry-Lynn Moffitt

A Silent Sorrow has long been considered the “bible” for families seeking emotional and practical support after a pregnancy loss. Well organized, easily accessible, and filled with practical suggestions for each topic it covers, A Silent Sorrow is a positive first step for bereaved parents and their families, providing support and guidance to help resolve the grief and enable them to look to the future with hope.

After Finley by Mel Scott

In the UK alone, seventeen babies are stillborn or die shortly after birth every single day. But what does it feel like to lose a child you never really met? How do people cope with a loss like that? Shrouded by fear and taboo, the stories of these babies and their parents rarely if ever get heard. Speaking up loud and clear about her own son Finley and the challenging months following his birth, Mel Scott presents a warts-and-all account of life after the loss of a baby.

All That is Seen and Unseen: A Journey Through a First Trimester Miscarriage by Elizabeth Petrucelli

All That is Seen and Unseen takes you on a journey through the heartwrenching experience of losing a child in the first trimester. This loss is typically brushed aside and many women remain silent. They are often left to grieve alone due to society’s opinion that a loss this early doesn’t matter.

Awakening from Grief: Finding the Way Back to Joy by John E. Welshons

In this remarkable book, Welshons weaves together his own personal awakening with those of others he’s counseled to bestow a deeply felt and exquisitely expressed primer on dealing with grief. We learn new ways to embrace our pain so that our hearts can open to feel joy. We discover how grieving gives us the unique opportunity to develop.

Comfort: A Journey Through Grief  by Ann Hood

A moving and remarkable memoir about the sudden death of a daughter, surviving grief, and learning to love again. Ann Hood’s 5 year old daughter Grace died suddenly from a virulent form of strep throat. Stunned and devastated, the family searched for comfort in a time when none seemed possible.

Empty Arms: Coping After Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Infant Death by Sherokee Ilse

Surviving the First Hours and Beyond Revised and updated! This classic book is one of the first given to newly bereaved parents to offer guidance in decision-making after their baby’s death and to assist caregivers as they support families. Empty Arms encourages families to meet their babies and say hello before rushing to say goodbye. With compassion that comes from Sherokee and David’s experience of having lived through the death of their son Brennan, the book offers guidance and practical suggestions for the decision-making at the time (including why and how one might see, hold, and memorialize one’s baby) and over time (such as how to handle such times as anniversaries, holidays and the birth of other babies in the parents’ close circle.)

Forever Our Angels by Hannah Stone

A collection of personal stories told by the men and women who were dealt the blow of miscarriage.

From Sorrow to Serenity by Susan Fletcher

From Sorrow To Serenity guides the reader through scripture and thought-provoking meditations on the journey through grief. From Sorrow To Serenity is divided into five sections. The first, Sorrow, is the beginning point when the bereaved are thrown into the unknown, frightening world of grief. The second, The Journey, takes the reader through the valley of mourning. The third, Serenity, moves the bereaved from darkness into the light of God’s peace. Special Days, the fourth section, contains meditations for holidays and the anniversary of a loss. The final section, Resource Centers, lists resources available for bereaved parents.

Grief is… Mourning Sickness by Jan Luther

For immediate relief from the pain of grief. Whether you have lost a loved one, a family pet or your retirement funds, life brings loss and grief. In this insightful new book Jan Luther, EFT Master and Holistic Life Skills Coach, “walks with you” through the shock and confusion and helps you find answers, peace and clarity. Drawing upon the many losses from her own life, including the loss of her 22 year old son in 2006, Jan brings her gentle understanding and her graceful wisdom to bear as she empowers you with hope, patience and specific instructions for reassembling your life after loss.

Guiding Your Child Through Grief by James P. Emswiler and Mary Ann Emswiler

Guiding Your Child Through Grief, by the founders of the New England Center for Loss & Transition and The Cove, a highly praised program for grieving children, takes away the uncertainty and helpless feelings we commonly feel as we reach out to children who mourn. This caring and compassionate guide offers expert advice during difficult days to help a child grieve the death of a parent or sibling. Based on their experience as counselors–and as parents of grieving children–the authors help readers to understand.

Hannah’s Gift: Lessons from a Life Fully Lived by Maria Housden

Hannah’s Gift tells the story of Hannah Catherine Martell, a young girl who was diagnosed with a Rhabdoid tumor of the kidney, a rare and aggressive form of cancer, at age two and died at age three. The author, Maria Housden, is Hannah’s mother, and the book documents her struggle to come to terms with her daughter’s sickness and inevitable death while making changes in her own life.

Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent

The true story of the four-year old son of a small town Nebraska pastor who during emergency surgery slips from consciousness and enters heaven. He survives and begins talking about being able to look down and see the doctor operating and his dad praying in the waiting room. Colton said he met his miscarried sister, whom no one had told him about, and his great grandfather who died 30 years before Colton was born, then shared impossible-to-know details about each. He describes the horse that only Jesus could ride, about how “reaaally big” God and his chair are, and how the Holy Spirit “shoots down power” from heaven to help us.

Hope is Like the Sun; Finding Hope and Healing After Miscarriage, Stillbirth or Infant Death by Lisa Church

Coping with miscarriage or infant death can be one of the most difficult trials in a person’s life, and one most of us are unprepared to face. Follow the author and four of her friends as they navigate the difficult journey through pregnancy loss.

I Will Hold You In My Heart Forever – A Baby Book for Little Angels by Michelle Murray

The original baby book created in 1898 by C.R. Gibson celebrated one of life’s most cherished moments, the birth of a new baby. Forever Heart Publishing is proud to announce the publication of a very special memory book dedicated to those babies whose lives have ended too soon. The book provides families who have suffered the loss of a baby whether through miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death, the opportunity to create a baby book tailored specifically to their own situation.

Pilgrimage through Loss: Pathways to Strength and Renewal after the Death of a Child by Linda Lawrence Hunt

The death of a child immerses parents into a life-long challenge of living with one of life’s most heartbreaking losses. Pilgrimage through Loss tells the story of one family’s journey, along with interviews from thirty other mothers and fathers who add their voices to the silences that often surround suffering in our ‘mourning-avoidant’ culture. Hunt illuminates the varied pathways parents eventually discover that open their lives to strength and healing. Rather than prescribing a path that will lead to recovery, Hunt encourages parents to find the pathways that work for them as they seek to engage life again with meaning and hope.

Swallowed by a Snake: The Gift of the Masculine Side of Healing by Thomas R. Golden

Swallowed by a Snake is a book for men and women about the masculine side of healing from loss. Discover new and powerful ways to heal. How the genders differ in their healing. Greater understanding between partners. Examples of successful transformation of loss. New ways to understand your grief. Ways the individual’s loss can impact the entire family. Swallowed by a Snake is meant to be a map and a guide through the experience of loss. It will help you move through the pain of loss and into a place of healing and transformation.

The Worst Loss: How Families Heal From the Loss of a Child  by Barbara Rosof

The death of a child is like no other loss. The Worst Loss will help families who have experienced this to know what they are facing, understand what they are feeling, and appreciate their own needs and timetables.

They Were Still Born: Personal Stories about Stillbirth by Janel Atlas

In 2006, Janel Atlas became one of those mothers who left the hospital with empty arms; her second daughter, Beatrice Dianne, was stillborn at 36 weeks. Reaching out for comfort, she realized a dire need shared by so many others like her, and so was born a collection of new essays by writers each sharing their firsthand experiences with stillbirth.

Too Soon a Memory: a guide for parents suffering a miscarriage by R.N. and Pat Schwiebert

A helpful guide for parents suffering a miscarriage or early pregnancy loss. Written in the style of When Hello Means Goodbye, this sensitive booklet gives practical information for a couple facing grief following a miscarriage. This booklet will validate those who will be deeply affected by the loss, as well as those who will move quickly through their grief. Helpful medical information and grieving tips are included.

When a Child You Love is Grieving by Harold Ivan Smith

Acts of caring and compassion can make all the difference in a grieving child’s life. Adults can often worry about saying and doing the right thing, too often giving children quick answers instead of the support they really need. Widely-recognized grief specialist Harold Ivan Smith explains that quick answers are not what children need when they are grieving. They need support, and most of all they need to be allowed to grieve-for as long as it takes.

When Men Grieve: Why Men Grieve Differently and How You Can Help by Elizabeth Levang

Psychologist Elizabeth Levang, author of Remembering with Love, explains the special ways that men grieve so those who love them can better understand what they’re going through.

GRIEF WEBSITES

A Place To Remember

Uplifting support materials and resources for those who have been touched by a crisis in pregnancy or the death of a baby.

Alive Alone

Alive Alone is an organization for the education and charitable purposes to benefit bereaved parents, whose only child or all children are deceased, by providing a self-help network and publications to promote communication and healing, to assist in resolving their grief, and a means to reinvest their lives for a positive future.

Babies Remembered

Babies Remembered is the website of Sherokee Ilse, author of Empty Arms. She offers help in finding support, understanding, compassionate care, guidance, resources, networking links, speakers, perinatal loss consultants, and excellent standards of bereavement care.

Baby Loss

Information and support online for women and their partners who have experienced the loss of a baby

Baby Steps

A wonderful website filled with information and memorial opportunities

Bereaved Parents of the USA

A nationwide organization designed to aid and support bereaved parents and their families who are struggling to survive their grief after the death of a child.

Center for Loss in Multiple Births

We are parents throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and beyond who have experienced the death of one or more, both or all of our twins or higher multiples at any time from conception through birth, infancy and childhood.

Centering Corporation

The Centering Corporation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing education and resources for the bereaved. Centering was founded in 1978 by Joy and Dr. Marvin Johnson.

Compassionate Friends

The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family. In December of every year, Compassionate Friends hosts the Worldwide Candle Lighting Service, believed to be the largest mass candle lighting on the globe.

Cora’s Story

Cora’s story, her parents, family, friends, and even perfect strangers work to raise awareness of congenital heart defects (CHD).

Cradle of Wings

Music for those who have experienced the loss of a child and for the funeral.

Faces of Loss

Faces of Loss, Faces of Hope is 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.

Grief Watch

As part of its mission to the bereaved, Grief Watch and its companion program, Perinatal Loss, publish books, video productions, ceramics and other helpful resources aimed at persons who have suffered loss.

Grief Speaks

Grief Speaks is an organization that provides resources for children, teens and adults on healthy coping through grief and other losses. Offers presentations and trainings to schools, hospitals, agencies and conferences on grief, loss and healthy coping.

Healing Hearts – Bereaved Parents

Healing Hearts for Bereaved Parents is dedicated to providing grief support and services to parents who are suffering as the result of the loss of their child or children.

Hope Xchange

Coping with the grief of miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death can be one of the most difficult trials in a person’s life, and one most of us are unprepared to face. Hope Xchange is here to offer you information, encouragement, support, and most of all hope.

Integrative Grief Therapy

Dr. Lyn Prashant, PhD, FT, is a certified grief counselor with over 24 years experience in the field. Her training in bereavement counseling and her knowledge of somatic health care practices has led her to develop a unique and successful approach to grief counseling called “degriefing”

Journeys: Stories of Pregnancy After Loss

Journeys follows almost a dozen parents from their loss through their subsequent pregnancy. Each story is penned by the parent.

Living with Loss and Bereavement Publications

Offers compassion and hope by providing the most current resources, information and tools for coping with life’s losses. We provide individuals, businesses and organizations the best in hope and healing, when suffering a loss.

Loss Doulas International

Locate a baby loss doula to help you through this difficult time or sign up to become a baby loss doula.

Mending Invisible Wings

A healing journal for mothers who have lost a baby

Missing GRACE Foundation

A national non-profit that provides support, education and resources for families experiencing pregnancy loss, infant loss, infertility, and adoption challenges.

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

A nonprofit that provides remembrance photography for families facing infant death.

October 15

The official site of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. The site offers support, education, and awareness for those who are suffering or may know someone who is suffering the loss of a infant, stillborn, ectopic pregnancy, or miscarriage.

Operation Angel: A Miscarriage and Child Loss Ministry

A ministry to the many hundreds of women who have experienced the pain and trauma of a miscarriage, stillborn or neonatal death.

Reconceiving Loss

A resource center for coping with pregnancy or infant loss.

SHARE Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support

SHARE is a not-for-profit nondenominational organization providing support to those whose lives are touched by the tragic death of a baby through early pregnancy loss, stillbirth or newborn death.

Share Your Story

March of Dimes website that provides online support for parents who have suffered infant loss, prematurity or have had a child born with a birth defect.

Stillborn and Miscarriage Doula Services

From Still Birth Day: A Pregnancy Loss is Still a Birth Day.

The Compassionate Friends

The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive.

The Dougy Center

The national center for grieving children and families.

The Center for Grieving

A safe and caring place where children, teens and their families grieving a death or other loss can find the support to grow through their healing process.  A site dedicated to being an educational and supportive resource for professionals and others who interact with grieving children, teens and families.

Twinless Twins

Organization exists to provide a safe and compassionate community for twinless twins to experience healing and understanding. They provide support for twins and other multiples and their families who have lost their twin due to death or estrangement at any age.

FILMS AND VIDEOS

After the Tears, a Gentle Guide to Help Children Understand Death (Grief) by Richard Peterson

Children and Grief by Professor Child

Tear Soup with Mary McDonald-Lewis and Enrique E. Andrade

The House I Keep: A story of transformation during one woman’s struggle to come to terms with her miscarriage, by Jhene Erwin.

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

After a Death: An Activity Book for Children by Amy Barrett Lindholm

After the Funeral by Jane Loretta Winsch

Angel with the Golden Glow: A Family’s Journey Through Loss and Healing. By Elissa Al-Chokhachy

Grandma’s Scrapbook by Josephine Nobisso

I Miss You: A First Look at Death by Pat Thomas

No New Baby: For Siblings Who Have a Baby Brother or Sister Die Before Birth by Marilyn Gryte

No Tendremos Un Nuevo Bebe’ by Marilyn Gryte

Sad Isn’t Bad: A Good-Grief Guidebook for Kids Dealing with Loss by R.W. Alley

Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss by Pat Schwiebert and Chuck DeKlyen

The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life for All Ages by Leo F. Buscaglia

The Gift of Memory: A Keepsake to Commemorate the Loss of a Loved One by Marianne Richmond

The Saddest Time by Norma Simon

35 Ways to Help a Grieving Child by Dougy Center Staff

What’s Heaven by Maria Shriver

When Bad Things Happen: A Guide to Help Kids Cope by R. W. Alley