Grief and Loss

If you are looking for a perinatal specialist who also specializes in loss, please reach out to the WNYPBN for assistance or click here for their very comprehensive listing of community resources including therapists.

Western New York Perinatal Bereavement Network

Provides educational support, community programs, and referral services to bereaved parents.

Programs include:

Parent Telephone Support Team

A parent can receive a phone call from a trained parent who has had a similar perinatal loss. Speaking with someone who has experienced perinatal death may help a parent to begin to heal. Contact (716) 626-6363 or email: Christine@wnypbn.org

Forget Me Not Newsletter 

This quarterly newsletter is written for and by families who have experienced the loss of a child. If you would like to receive a paper copy, please contact us at: forgetmenotnewsletter@hotmail.com

Tiniest Angels

We are now hosting the Tiniest Angels Support Group at the Wilson Support Center. “Tiniest Angels” Bereavement Support Groups are geared toward men, women, grandparents and families who have experienced the loss of a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or early infant death.  There is absolutely no fee to take part in these support groups. Prior registration is required for attendance.  Please call the office at (716) 626-6363 The groups meet at WNYPBN Offices 150 Bennett Rd Cheektowaga, NY.

Peer Support Group: The 3rd Tuesday of each month At 6:00 p.m.

www.wnypbn.org/

Hospice Buffalo - Perinatal Program

The mission of our Perinatal Program is to provide support, education and guidance to expectant parents and families whose unborn child has a life-limiting illness. This unique program helps expecting parents and families prepare for and cope with physical, emotional and spiritual issues at the time of diagnosis and through the remainder of the pregnancy. Our Perinatal Program is the only program of its kind in Erie County. 

Perinatal Services:

Admission evaluation in hospital, doctor’s office or at home

Development of a birthing plan that honors parents’ wishes, coordinating with physician, and labor/delivery staff

24/7 on-call Registered Nurse availability

Guidance and emotional support for siblings and other children in the family

Links to resources that help families cope during pregnancy and after

Honor cultural rituals, religious and spiritual beliefs

Help create a comfortable, serene and peaceful environment, preserving dignity

Help plan final arrangements, memorial services and special goodbyes, according to your wishes

Bereavement counseling for parents and siblings

Assist with creating precious keepsakes prior to and after the baby’s birth

Resource for specialty clinics, community services and financial assistance programs

www.hospicebuffalo.com

M. Steven Piver Center for Women's Health at Sister's Hospital:

Footprints on the Heart - for any parents who have experienced the loss of a baby.  Meets the 1st Tuesday of the month at 6:00pm

M. Steven Piver Center for Women's Health at Sister's Hospital 2121 Main Street Suite 100 Buffalo NY 14214 

Group facilitated by Amy Creamer, LMHC.  For questions or to register, call Amy at 862-1678.  Amy is available to meet with individuals or couples.  Amy can also be reached by email at acreamer@chsbuffalo.org

Sister's Perinatal Bereavement Group - Footprints on the Heart, now offering a virtual support group.  Call Amy for details at 716-346-1013

First Cande

First Candle is an organization that supports parents through the grief of child loss and supports research in healthy pregnancy and infancy.  Click here for a copy of "Surviving the Death of a Baby".

For a listing of online resources and peer support click here.

Grieving Dads

Kelly Farley opens up about his own experience of being a grieving father on his website:  Grieving Dads.

MISS Foundation

The MISS Foundation provides support those have lost a child at any age, to any cause.  

Molly McDermott - Bereavement Doula

Molly is a prenatal yoga instructor, birth doula, and certified bereavement doula.  Molly can assist during pregnancies that are not going to have favorable outcomes, and with women who have had prior losses.  Contact Molly by phone 716-949-1115 or email

mmcd5mcder@gmail.com.  Molly facilitates a loss support group - click here for more information: https://www.supportgroupscentral.com/groups_detail.cfm?cid=17&CFID=2582256&CFTOKEN=f844a6009f7b8436-AF6CA0AB-B36E-AFC0-6A32C67C42F01D45

Postpartum Support International

Loss and Grief resources for pregnancy and postpartum

www.postpartum.net/get-help/loss-grief-in-pregnancy-postpartum/

For a listing of support groups, including Molly McDermott's group on Fridays: www.supportgroupscentral.com

Refuge in Grief

Refuge in Grief is a website created by Megan Devine, therapist and bereaved spouse.  Her website has many helpful resources, including a 30-day writing course for the bereaved.

Return to Zero: HOPE free (or donation if you can) Growth and Healing after Pregnancy and Infant Loss

Rhiannon Needham, MBA, CD, Full Spectrum Doula - Rhiannon works with individuals and families through fertility, adoption, pregnancy, birth, postpartum, loss, and more. Rhiannon is a certified full spectrum, birth, postpartum, and bereavement Doula. She works with individuals through any step of their reproductive journey. Rhiannon has completed training and certifications through Life Cycle Doulas (Birth & Postpartum), Cornerstone Doula Trainings (Advanced Full Spectrum), and Stillbirthday (Birth & Bereavement). Rhiannon is also working toward her doctorate in clinical psychology (PsyD) with a focus on reproductive journeys, pregnancy, birth, postpartum, loss, and beyond.

Contact Rhiannon by phone (315)243-7094, email doularhi@gmail.com, or website rhiannonneedham.com 

Star Legacy Foundation

The Star Legacy Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing pregnancy loss and neonatal death and improving care for families who experience such tragedies.  We are a community of families, health professionals, researchers, policy makers, and individuals dedicated to helping every pregnancy have a happy ending.

Our Mission: To increase awareness, support research, promote education, and encourage advocacy and family support regarding stillbirth, pregnancy loss, and neonatal death.

For more Information: For Families and Friends | Star Legacy Foundation

Still Standing

Still Standing is an online magazine for those who have experienced pregnancy loss.

 

Books and Other Resources


Empty Arms:  Coping with Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Infant Death is designed to help you through the decisions you will make surrounding those early moments of loss.

Bearing the Unbearable:  Love, Loss and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief

It's Okay that You're Not Okay 

Stillbirth, Yet Still Born:  Grieving and Honoring Your Precious Baby

Grieving Parents:  Surviving Loss as a Couple

Grieving Dads: To the Brink and Back

Pregnancy After a Loss:  A Guide to Pregnancy After a Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Infant Death

Click here for a guide on planting a memorial garden.

Another resource that might be helpful at this difficult time, Katrina Villegas is the author of several books for siblings of babies that have died.  For a listing click here.