A Doula's Perspective on Loss and Grief
Note: The resource list compiled in this article has been updated by your Death, Dying and Bereavement Guide for with the current available resources for perinatal loss and child losses.
Resources for Loss
There are many resources out there. Many of these organizations and Web-sites have fabulous information on grieving, bereavement, and information and links for parents, friends, family, and care givers. We also added local resources to our list, including local support groups, grief counselors, and books that may be helpful to grieving families.
I would encourage all doulas to educate themselves about this topic and to compile similar resource lists for your area so it is ready to go should you ever encounter a family who is in need of these wonderful resources and of your loving support in a most difficult time.
Perinatal Loss Resources
March of Dimes: Pregnancy and Newborn Loss - One of the special topics sections of the March of Dimes Health Education Center
Aiding Mothers and Fathers Experiencing Neonatal Death (AMEND) - Offers support and encouragement to parents having a normal grief reaction to the loss of their baby.
A Place to Remember - For those who have been touched by a crisis in pregnancy or death of a baby
A Heartbreaking Choice - For families who choose to end their pregnancies after prenatal diagnosis or have interrupted a wanted pregnancy after poor prenatal diagnosis.
Bereavement Services from Undersign Lutheran Medical Foundation - provides a comprehensive approach to caring for families whose babies died during pregnancy or shortly after birth along with resources for parents and health care providers.
Angel Babies Forever Loved - Various resources for parents, grandparents and friends of those who lose a babies and must cope with the shattered dream.
The Hygeia Foundation, Inc. and Institute for Perinatal Loss and Bereavement (Hygeia) - A global community for perinatal health, loss, and bereavement.
MEND (Mommies Enduring Neonatal Death) - A Christian, non-profit organization that reaches out to families who have suffered the loss of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, or early infant death.
Share - Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support - A National organization that serves those whose lives are touched by the tragic death of a baby through early pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or in the first few months of life.
WISSP Wisconsin Stillbirth Service Program - Serves families who experience the tragedy of stillbirth and the professionals who care for them, in Wisconsin and throughout the world.
The Loss of a Child
The Compassionate Friends - Assists families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age.
The MISS foundation Mothers in Sympathy and Support - A volunteer based organization committed to providing crisis support and long term aid to families after the death of a child from any cause, for parents, professionals, and friends/caregivers.
Loss in Multiple Pregnancy/birth
The Center for Loss in Multiple Birth (CLIMB) - By and for parents who have experienced the death of one or more, both or all, of their twins or higher multiples during pregnancy, at birth, in infancy or childhood.
AGAST - Alliance of Grandparents, A Support in Tragedy International - A volunteer organization dedicated to helping grandparents through the trauma, stress and grief after the loss of a grandchild to deal with the double loss--lost of a grandchild and how to help the parents of the child (their own child).
© 2003 Kimberly Packard-Beck PT, CD (DONA), ICCE. Reprinted with Permission.
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