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Living after the Death of a Child

Parents who have lost a child often state that coping with the loss of their child is one of the most difficult, if not the most difficult challenge they have ever faced. This section offers information and resources to help parents cope with this most difficult and painful loss.
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Loss from a Doula's Perspective
This article by Certified Birth Doula, Kimberly Packard-Beck, looks at loss at the beginning of life from a birth doula's point of view. It written as a resource for doulas to learn more about losses that may occur with birth and how to support to a client if she experienced a birth loss. It has been reprinted with her permission.
Birth, Death and Doula Love
Little less than a year after writing the article on Loss from a Doula's Perspective, Certified Birth Doula, Kimberly Packard-Beck found herself experiencing loss as a bereaved parent. This article, reprinted with her permission, looks at a personal experience with death through the eyes of a Birth Doula.
Bereaved Parents have A Low Divorce Rate
This article looks at a new study released by the Compassionate Friends that despite intense grief following the death of a child, bereaved parents tend to have a low divorce rate, contrary to the persistent myth.
The Unthinkable Grief - Marriages Can Survive the Loss of a Child
A insightful article on marriages surviving the loss of a child from bereaved parents and About's guides to Marriage Sheri and Bob Stritof. They explore many of the issues that couples may face along with providing several strategies for coping.
Living Today -- Coping With the Loss of a Child
A helpful article on coping with the loss of a child from bereaved parents and About's guides to Marriage Sheri and Bob Stritof.
One Miscarriage, One Man, One Woman
A personal recount of a miscarriage from the perspective of About's Guide to Pregnancy and Birth, Robin Elise Weiss and also her husband.
Remembering Baby - Ways to Remember the Loss of a Young Child
Several very helpful suggestions from About's Guide to Pregnancy and Birth, Robin Elise Weiss for ways of remembering the loss of a young child.
The Death of a Child, The Grief of the Parents: A Lifetime Journey
A helpful online booklet (webpage) from the National SIDS and Infant Death Resource Center takes an in depth look at the lifetime journey of grief experienced by parents following the death of a child.
(PDF File) The Death of a Child, The Grief of the Parents
A downloadable pdf file, this helpful 24-page e-booklet from the National SIDS and Infant Death Resource Center looks at the lifetime journey of grief experienced by parents following the death of a child.
Understanding Grief...When Your Child Dies
An online brochure (webpage) from the Compassionate Friends (TCF)is to help parents understand the grief they experience when a child dies. All TCF brochures were written by bereaved parents, grandparents or siblings.
The Sudden Death of a Child
An online brochure (webpage) from the Compassionate Friends (TCF) is for parents who have experienced the sudden death of a child. All TCF brochures were written by bereaved parents, grandparents or siblings.
Stillbirth, Miscarriage and Infant Death
An online brochure (webpage) from the Compassionate Friends (TCF) is for parents who have experienced a stillbirth, miscarriage or infant death. All TCF brochures were written by bereaved parents, grandparents or siblings.
Surviving Your Child's Suicide
An online brochure (webpage) from the Compassionate Friends (TCF) offers resources surviving after the suicide of a child. All TCF brochures were written by bereaved parents, grandparents or siblings.
Caring for Surviving Children
An online brochure (webpage) from the Compassionate Friends (TCF) looks at caring for the surviving children after the death of a child. All TCF brochures were written by bereaved parents, grandparents or siblings.
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