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Bereavement Resources for Families

The following resources are recommended for parents with a prenatal diagnosis of a life-limiting birth defect or condition, or those making difficult decisions about the care of their infant.

BOOKS

A Gift of Time: Continuing Your Pregnancy When Your Baby’s Life is Expected to be Brief (Amy Kuebelbeck, Deborah Davis)

Waiting with Gabriel (Amy Kuebelbeck)

Sufficient Grace (Kelly Gerken)

I Will Carry You: the Sacred Dance of Grief and Joy (Angie Smith)

A Time to Decide, A Time to Heal (Molly Minnick, Kathleen Delp)

Difficult Decisions (Centering Corporation)

Loving and Letting Go (Centering Corporation)

Loving Your Baby (Shari Morash)

WEBSITES

Perinatal Hospice & Palliative Care 

Be Not Afraid 

String of Pearls 

March of Dimes [Information on birth defects, grief, and loss]

Support groups/information about specific genetic diseases and birth defects

Genetic Alliance

Genetics Home Reference

National Institutes of Health

National Organization for Rare Disorders

Support Organization for Trisomy 18, 13 and Related Disorders

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For those experiencing the pain of miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death

BOOKS

Empty Cradle, Broken Heart: Surviving the Death of Your Baby (Deborah L. Davis)

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

Unspeakable Losses: Healing from Miscarriage, Abortion, or other Pregnancy Loss (Kim Kluger-Bell)

Life Touches Life: A Mother’s Story of Stillbirth and Healing (Lorraine Ash, Christine Northrup)

Three Minus One: Stories of Parents’ Love and Loss (Sean Hanish, Brooke Warner)

This Little While

Healing Your Grieving Heart After Stillbirth

Miscarriage: A Shattered Dream

When Hello Means Goodbye

Too Soon a Memory

After the Loss of Your Baby: for Teen Moms

[Many other titles and resources available]

MOVIE

Return to Zero (Written and Directed by Sean Hanish)

WEBSITES

Centering Corporation and Grief Digest Magazine

Resolve Through Sharing

Share Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support [Resources for early pregnancy loss, stillbirth, neonatal loss, children, grandparents, and memory making]

The Compassionate Friends [Support resources for families after a child dies]

Grief Watch

A Place to Remember

Faces of Loss, Faces of Hope [Puts a “face” on miscarriage, stillbirth and infant loss]

MISS Foundation [A Community of Compassion and Hope for Grieving Families]

Arkansas Children’s Hospital Center for Good Mourning

Holy Sews [Mending Hearts One Stitch at a Time]

Miscarriage Association of the United Kingdom 

RELIGIOUS RESOURCES

While We’re Waiting: Faith-Based Retreats for Bereaved Parents

Spark of Life [Grief Recovery Retreats for Hope After Loss]

Through This Valley   A Faith-Based Conference to Equip Bereaved Parents

Cards from Genesis and Joy 

Grief Share

PATIENT BLOGS

From a Mom Who Lost Her Two Babies

A Group of Moms United

Miscarriage

Loss of a Twin, Donation for Life

FOR SIBLINGS

These books have been recommended by a variety of experienced providers and support personnel and may be helpful for children of various ages. We suggest that the parent(s) read the book first to make sure it is a good fit for your child and situation.

Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children (Bryan Mellonie, Robert Ingpen) When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death (Laurie Krasny Brown, Marc Brown)

Fire in My Heart, Ice in My Veins: A Journal for Teenagers Experiencing a Loss (Enid Samuel Traisman)

Straight Talk About Death for Teenagers: How to Cope with Losing Someone You Love (Earl A. Grollman)

When Someone Very Special Dies: Children Can Learn to Cope with Grief (Marge Heegaard)

Sad Isn’t Bad: A Good-Grief Guidebook for Kids Dealing with Loss (Michaelene Mundy)

We Were Gonna Have a Baby, But We Had an Angel Instead (Pat Schwiebert, Taylor Bills)

Something Happened: A Book for Children and Parents Who Have Experienced Pregnancy Loss (Cathy Blanford)

Where’s Jess?: For Children Who Have a Brother or Sister Die (Marvin Johnson)

No New Baby: For Siblings Who Have a Brother or Sister Die Before Birth (Marilyn Gryte, Kristi McClendon)

Children Grieve, Too: Helping Children Cope With Grief (Joy Johnson, Marvin Johnson)

Tear Soup (Pat Schweibert and Chuck Deklyen)

Remember the Secret (Elisabeth Kuber-Ross)

Gentle Willow: A Story For Children About Dying (Joyce C. Mills)

I Miss You: A First Look at Death (Pat Thomas)

Grief is like a Snowflake (Julia Cook)

The Invisible String (Patrice Karst)

FREE Brochures to Download 

What Will I Tell the Children

Kids Worry Too

Other Lists of Resources

MEMORY MAKING

Little Footprints Memory Book (Centering Corporation)

Making Loving Memories (Centering Corporation)

Meaningful Moments: Ritual and Reflection When a Child Dies (Book by Rana Limbo, Kathie Kobler; available through Resolve Through Sharing online store)

Mamie’s Poppy Plates (Keepsake plates made in Arkansas)

Molly Bears (Weighted teddy bears for empty arms) or visit the Molly Bears Facebook Page

The Comfort Cub (Weighted teddy bear)

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep (Photographers for stillbirth, neonatal death – free of charge) or visit the Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Facebook Page

Angel Babies Pics (Free touchups/restorations to pictures for bereaved families of the baby who has passed away – to remove medical cords or make anomalies look a bit more bearable, etc.) or visit the Baby Angel Pics Facebook page

Brody’s Boxes  (Free boxes for bereaved families to hold baby’s items)

Bridget’s Cradles (Handmade cradles, keepsake charms, and prayer squares):

Faces of Angels (Paintings that can be requested)

Faith’s Melody (Heartfelt custom creations-necklaces/jewelry) or visit the Faith’s Melody Facebook page

Forever Child (Custom jewelry for infant loss)

Held Your Whole Life  (Hand-stamped jewelry with baby’s name on it, free of charge)

Kayce Jones Designs (Hand-stamped jewelry for infant or child loss)

Lil Angels Hankies (Monogrammed hankies with the baby’s name, free of charge)

PATIENT BLOGS:

From a Mom Who Lost Her Two Babies

A Group of Moms United

Miscarriage

Loss of a Twin, Donation for Life

OTHER BEREAVEMENT RESOURCES:

Women’s Mental Health Clinic

501-526-8201

ANGELS Call Center

501-526-7425

Lactation

501-526-7425 or Outpatient 501-526-3558

On-Call Psychiatric Resident

501-686-7000

Patient Education

501-686-8084

Women and Infant Service Line Bereavement Coordinator

501-251-5996

FOR EMERGENCIES, PLEASE GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM OR CALL 911.