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.

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

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

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

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  Molly facilitates a loss support group - click here for more information:

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, or website 

Postpartum Support International

Loss and Grief resources for pregnancy and postpartum

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

Western New York Perinatal Bereavement Network

Provide 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:

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:

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.

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.