Pregnancy and Infant Loss Resources
The death of a baby is a deeply wounding and life-changing event for parents and families, regardless of how long the baby lived. The hopes, dreams and joys you held for your child ended all too soon. Grieving is normal and part of a long healing process.
Many parents find themselves wondering how they can continue day to day with the reality of such a profound tragedy. Their lives are forever changed, and they no longer view the world the same way.
When grieving, it is normal for you to experience a variety of feelings, including:
Even after significant time has passed during which you have worked hard at healing your grief, a new wave of grief can be triggered by everyday experiences, such as:
- Seeing a pregnant woman
- Hearing the sound of a baby
- Watching children play
Your feelings may be further intensified by friends and family who become impatient with you when you don’t get “back to normal” as soon as they think you should. There is no set time period for grief. Grief will change over time, but it is normal to miss your child and think about her or him for the rest of your life. Each person in your family will grieve differently and for different lengths of time. These differences do not mean you love one another or your child any more or less.
Resources for help and healing
To help you find the care you need for coping, healing and discovering renewed meaning in life, we have gathered a list of grief care resources available online and in the Louisville Metro community. This information is provided as a resource only and does not constitute an endorsement of any group by Norton Healthcare. Individuals are encouraged to seek groups that best help them cope with the particular challenges they face.
Walk to Remember
Sponsored by the Norton Healthcare Pastoral Care Department and the Norton Healthcare Foundation. The annual walk and memorial service support and raise awareness for families whose lives have been touched by the tragic death of a baby due to miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss, regardless of hospital affiliation or how long it has been since they experienced the loss. The event takes place each fall and is open to all family members, friends and health care professionals.
In 2013, the walk will be held Sunday, Sept. 29, at Carrie Gaulbert Cox Park, 3730 River Road, Louisville, Ky., at 1 p.m.
Donate to Walk to Remember
Resources for Help and Healing
The Compassionate Friends
Free grief support groups, resources and events designed to help families cope with the death of a child. All support groups are led by persons who have experienced such a loss. Several meeting locations are available in Kentucky and Indiana.
Parents Left Behind
Started by parents who understand the unique grief associated with losing a child, this organization offers group support meetings the second Thursday of each month in Shepherdsville, Ky.
The Dougy Center
Specializing in the grief of children, teens, young adults and their families, the Dougy Center offers several support groups in Kentucky and Indiana. A number of online resources are available through its website.
Empty Vessels Healing Ministry
Offers monthly services of healing and free wellness clinics for alternative healing modalities, such as massage and acupuncture, grief workshops and retreats.
Hosparus Grief Counseling Center
A local hospice with an extensive counseling program for anyone who has experienced a loss, including teens and children. They also offer free local support groups.
Dedicated to providing free resources to grieving parents and their families, as well as information about support groups and professional counseling services.
Faces of Loss, Faces of Hope
Parents who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth and infant loss post their photos and share their feelings of loss and grief.
Grieving Dads Project
Designed to be a supportive resource of personal stories and blog posts from grieving fathers for grieving fathers, this website speaks to the unique ways in which men cope with grief.
Bereaved Parents of the USA
A national nonprofit self-help group offering support, understanding, compassion and hope, especially to newly bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings struggling to rebuild their lives after the death of a child.
Provides families with free grief packets, one-on-one mentor support, 24/7 moderated forums, support groups, resources for various types of child loss, newsletters and information about events. This volunteer-based foundation provides CARE — counseling, advocacy, research and education —for families grieving the death of a child.
Living with Loss Magazine and Bereavement Publications
Offers a magazine, cards, booklets, audio recordings and videos dedicated to assisting people through the challenges associated with illness, death and other types of loss.
Dedicated to offering a wide variety of exceptional and sometimes hard-to-find books, videos and blogs to help adults and children deal with various types of grief and loss.
This blog offers a free remembrance and memorial service for families grieving a child’s death. The child’s name is beautifully written in the sand on a beach in Australia and photographed during sunset. The photos are then posted to the blog site and can be purchased.