If you need immediate support, please call First Candle: 1-800-221-7437 (Counselors are available 24/7)
MISCARRIAGE, STILLBIRTH AND FULL TERM LOSS
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
Christian support for grieving parents
Common Care Loss Support is a support group for those who have suffered miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant death and for those who experience pregnancy after loss. Registered n Jessamine County, Kentucky, we offer monthly support group meetings and host special events and fundraisers.
Available as an app, Count the Kicks is a safe and simple way to help monitor baby’s well-being. It teaches expectant mothers how to monitor and track their baby’s movements daily in the third trimester of pregnancy with the goal of reducing stillbirth.
Dedicated to the prevention of stillbirth and infant death through education, advocacy, and support.
Viviana’s Memory Boxes is a program of Kaleb Kares, a Christian, non-profit organization. We are dedicated to helping parents who are grieving the tragic loss of a baby to pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or newborn death by supporting them during their grieving process. We provide “memory boxes” to local hospitals for families that have just lost their infant. We pray that these boxes will provide comfort and everlasting memories of their precious baby.
A primary guide for parents who have experienced the death of a child through miscarriage, stillbirth or other perinatal loss.
A helpful resource for couples who’ve experienced a miscarriage — both to educate and to support.
An international community of compassion and hope for grieving families. MISS provides immediate and ongoing support to grieving families as well as training and referrals for certified Compassionate Bereavement Care Providers.
The motto of this UK organization is “We can help people through.” They provide information and support for people affected by miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or molar pregnancy. They also provide a helpline: 01924 200 799. The helpline is available Monday through Friday 9AM to 4PM UK Time (5 hours ahead of EST).
A faith-based clothing shop run by a mother who lost two daughters to Turner Syndrome, a chromosomal disorder. 100% of the proceeds from this small shop in February are donated to help girls living with Turner Syndrome.
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.
The guild is a place for people with similar experience to come together and create change. We are a Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild sponsoring events to raise awareness of stillbirth. We support the work of GAPPS, (Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth) whose mission is to lead a collaborative, global effort to increase awareness and accelerate innovative research and interventions that will improve maternal, newborn and child health outcomes and to decrease fetal mortality.
GENERAL GRIEF INFORMATION
Christian support for fertility challenges
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.
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 compassionately assists newly bereaved families who have lost an infant by providing financial support for funeral expenses and emotional support services.
Project Sloopy’s mission is to salvage excess medical supplies and equipment that have accumulated from medical care then to redistribute those supplies by demand – free of cost – to those in need.
If you need immediate support, please call First Candle:
Counselors are available 24/7
GRIEF AFTER ABORTION
Support for those parents who choose to interrupt their pregnancies after poor prenatal diagnosis.
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.
There is hope after abortion… Catholic-based information about Project Rachael and spiritual support for abortion grief.
Angels in the Media is a letter writing campaign to draw awareness to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Support for families experiencing the death of a baby or anyone seeking the latest, quality-assured information about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Christening and Burial Gowns for Babies
Artisan handcrafted and personalized jewelry and keepsakes to comfort those touched by the loss of a Child
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.
Support for parents who have experienced a loss of a child due to miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death, SIDS or any other cause
One mother’s story written to break the silence around baby loss
Common Care provides support for those who have suffered miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant death and for those who experience pregnancy after loss
A place for your sadness. A tribute to your loss. Comfort for your healing body. Earth Mama’s baby loss page.
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.
Choosing hope over fear while nurturing grief during a pregnancy after a previous loss.
Raising awareness for still births and providing support for those who grieve.
SOBBS is dedicated to shattering the silence surrounding stillbirth by empowering, educating and illuminating this tragedy. We are a closed group and we encourage our members to share photos, memories, feelings, tears, blogs, artwork and emotions in safety and privacy. In addition, SOBBS is the premier US based group dedicated to bringing Cuddle Cots to America.
Swell Mamas is an invitation only group for all of our sweet friends to find love, comfort and all things swell as they move forward but not on from their loss. Miscarriage and infant loss love. This group will also be utilized to help Swell Forever plan for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Activities in October.
We provide comprehensive support to families who have experienced the death of a child at any age..
Breaking the silence of miscarriage, stillbirth, and neonatal loss. Share your stories..
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 Loss Misunderstood: Healing Your Grieving Heart After Miscarriage. by Jaclyn Pieris
A Loss Misunderstood is the story of the author’s challenging path to parenthood. The purpose of this book is to support the women and their partners who can be left feeling devastatingly alone with their pain following the loss of a pregnancy. Questions are posed at the end of each chapter to provide couples with an opportunity to put their story and their range of emotions down on paper.
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.
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.
AfterTalk is an online grief support site offering inspirational stories, poems and quotes, and forums on the grieving process. The site offers Grief Advice by Dr. Neimeyer, one of the foremost experts in Grief and Bereavement.
Uplifting support materials and resources for those who have been touched by a crisis in pregnancy or the death of a baby.
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 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.
Information and support online for women and their partners who have experienced the loss of a baby
A wonderful website filled with information and memorial opportunities
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.
Losing a child is something that stays with you forever and there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think of my angel, Brianna. I am now on a mission to help other physicians and families learn about the benefits of fetal medicine (surgeries performed on babies before they are born) with a specialization around Fetal Hydrops.
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.
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.
Cherishing the Journey was founded in 2011 by Jennifer and Josh Harden, parents of baby Matthew, who was given a negative prenatal diagnosis at 16 weeks in-utero. Though we do not have all of the answers, we are here to help guide you on this journey to cherish every moment you have with your baby.
Comfort Zone Camp is a nonprofit 501(c)3 bereavement camp that transforms the lives of children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or primary caregiver. The free camps include confidence building programs and age-based support groups that break the emotional isolation grief often brings. Comfort Zone Camps are offered to children 7-17, and are held year-round across the Country. We have offices in California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Virginia.
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, her parents, family, friends, and even perfect strangers work to raise awareness of congenital heart defects (CHD).
Music for those who have experienced the loss of a child and for the funeral.
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.
Good Grief is a national organization with a special focus in New Jersey. The organization helps children and teens cope with loss and provides free support to children, teens, and young adults after the death of a mom, dad, brother, or sister. Their programs help participants to develop coping skills in the context of peer-support. Good Grief also provides education to professionals, community organizations, and schools. Programs are offered in English and Spanish.
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 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 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.
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.
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 follows almost a dozen parents from their loss through their subsequent pregnancy. Each story is penned by the parent.
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.
Locate a baby loss doula to help you through this difficult time or sign up to become a baby loss doula.
A healing journal for mothers who have lost a baby
A national non-profit that provides support, education and resources for families experiencing pregnancy loss, infant loss, infertility, and adoption challenges.
A nonprofit that provides remembrance photography for families facing infant death.
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.
A ministry to the many hundreds of women who have experienced the pain and trauma of a miscarriage, stillborn or neonatal death.
Pregnancy After Loss Support is a community support resource for women experiencing the confusing and conflicting emotions of grief mixed with joy during the journey through pregnancy after loss. We seek to help expectant mamas celebrate their current pregnancy by choosing hope over fear while still nurturing and honoring the grief over the loss of their deceased child.
Practicing the art of self-care and mindfulness to heal your heart and inspire whole hearted living after the death of a baby or child.
A resource center for coping with pregnancy or infant loss.
Scared Sidless is for families who have endured a loss. The site is in honor of Cullin Darden Limur who was lost to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) at six-months old. Scared Sidless hosts Camp Cullin, a healing camp for grieving siblings and their families.
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.
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.
From Still Birth Day: A Pregnancy Loss is Still a Birth Day.
The Sweet Pea Project offers comfort, support and gentle guidance to families who have experienced the death of a baby. Sweet Pea Project Blankets and copies of founder, Stephanie Paige Cole’s book, Still, have been donated to hospitals around the world.
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 national center for grieving children and families.
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.
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
Return to Zero by Sean Hanish
Return to Zero is based on the true story of a successful couple, Maggie (Minnie Driver) and Aaron (Paul Adelstein) who are preparing for the arrival of their first child. Just weeks before their due date they are devastated to discover that their baby son has died in the womb and will be stillborn.
Tear Soup with Mary McDonald-Lewis and Enrique E. Andrade
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 Tendremos Un Nuevo Bebe’ by Marilyn Gryte
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