Finding Support After the Loss of a Baby
The death of an infant is one of the most devastating experiences any parent could encounter. There is seemingly little, if anything, that can absorb the pain and provide relief.
The loss of a baby creates a void and pain that is insurmountable.
At Silver Cross Hospital, we’ve witnessed this pain first hand and are dedicated to providing the support and guidance needed for these parents who have experienced this incredible loss. Every month, Alex Redman, RN in the Labor and Delivery Unit and Kimberly Perona, RN in the Mother/Baby Unit host a Bereavement Support Group that is held here on campus.
Here’s why we do this for parents: First, it is hard to talk about their loss. Our support group provides an outlet for social support that can be an important factor in healing. Simply acknowledging the loss can be comforting and therapeutic for the parent. We offer resources for connecting with other parents who have experienced infant death and guidance to seeking professional counseling for dealing with the grief that comes with it.
As a loved one witnessing the parents as they go through their grief, you can provide support through action as well. Helping with tasks around the house or in their everyday life can offer relief to someone who is exhausted from grief. Some may not realize that grief is not only emotional, but also physical. It is important to note that grief can be a roller coaster with the parents, requiring different assistance at different times. Supporting them throughout this process can make the parents feel less isolated and desolate.
As time progresses, life goes on and the sting of grief will fade. However, the sadness surrounding the infant’s death will be permanent. With care from not only a support group, but the support of their loved ones, the heart-wrenching sorrow can be more manageable, providing the parents an opportunity to move forward.
If you or someone you love has experienced the heartbreaking loss of a baby, please consider joining our group.
You can click this link to get more information and to register for the Baby Bereavement Support Group: Baby Bereavement Support Group (silvercross.org)