The Compassionate Friends
A national self-help organization providing friendship, support and resources for parents and siblings grieving the loss of a child.
La Belle Dame: Jewelry to Nurture and Support the Spirit
Infant memorial jewelry and cards created by artist Kimberly de Montbrun. These pieces are lovely and reasonably priced and could be a great gift for a bereaved mother, grandmother or aunt. Kimberly is also available to discus custom pieces and unique ideas.
M.I.S.S. (Mothers in Support and Solidarity) Foundation
An international resource, providing support through online support groups, volunteer opportunities, legislative education, educational programs to reduce infant and toddler deaths, as well as information about the kindness project and an online bookstore.
Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep – infant bereavement photography
A network of more than 6,000 volunteer photographers, located in 25 countries who will help you remember the beauty of your baby by coming to the hospital for a sensitive, private session. Afterward, images are retouched and presented to the parents on a CD or DVD. All services are offered free of charge.
Heaven’s Gain – caskets for the smallest of babies
Many of the parents I interviewed for Naming the Child struggled to find a casket for their baby. Some even chose to build the casket themselves. But there are simple, affordable, custom made caskets for the smallest of babies, available online, visit this link to find out more.
|A Broken Heart Still Beats: After Your Child Dies, edited by Anne McCracken and Mary Semel, published by Hazelden Publishing & Educational Services (Center City, MN: 1998).
A collection of poetry and quotes by bereaved parents, many of them well-known authors. This is an excellent resource for parents who feel isolated after the death of their child.
Dear Cheyenne, by Joanne Cacciatore, published by the M.I.S.S. Foundation (Peoria, Arizona: 2002).
A heartbreaking, hope-filled collection of letters and poetry that Joanne wrote for her daughter, Cheyenne, who died during labor.
|Empty Cradle, Broken Heart: Surviving the Death of Your Baby by Deborah L. Davis, Fulcrum publishing, (Golden, Colorado: 1996)
A guide for grieving a miscarriage, stillbirth or Infant Death. Includes practical information about the emotional, physical and spiritual process of recovery, as well as help for navigating end-of-life decisions, planning a memorial and caring for surviving children and those to come.
|A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis, HarperCollins (New York, New York: 1996)
C.S. Lewis captures his own cyclical and surprising experience of grieving his wife’s death. Lewis captures many of the universal realities of grief while offering a vivid glimpse into his own unique experience. This book is so raw that Lewis originally published it under a penname but decided to go public after friends recommended the book to him as a helpful resource.
|Our Greatest Gift: A Meditation on Dying and Caring by Henri Nouwen, HarperCollins (New York, New York: 1994.)
A luminous book about how to better care for the dying as well as how to face one’s own mortality. Helpful for any person who is grappling with issues surrounding the mortality of a loved one.
|Unspeakable Losses: Healing from Miscarriage, Abortion, and Other Pregnancy Loss by Kim Kluger-Bell, HarperCollins (New York, New York: 1998).
A self-help book for those who have experienced infertility, miscarriage, abortion and stillbirth. Kluger-Bell is a psychotherapist and marriage and family therapist who draws on her extensive research with patients to bring to light the hidden grief surrounding these experiences. Includes helpful resources, including a guide for family and friends of couples grappling with reproductive crisis.