If you have experienced a loss, I am so, so sorry.
If you need extra support at the hospital or home, please reach out to me.
Perinatal Hospice & Palliative Care: Information about perinatal hospice and palliative care, including many resources for parents and caregivers as well as an international list of programs.
Bennett Funeral Homes Central Chapel (804) 359-4481
Bliley's Central (burial services), (804) 355-3800
Richmond Coach and Mortuary Services (cremation services), Kathy Elliott, (804) 514-0548
Bereaved Parents Support Groups: For mothers and fathers enduring the death of a child, firstname.lastname@example.org
Compassionate Friends-RVA Chapter: Offering understanding, friendship, hope, and a monthly support group to bereaved families.
Early Miscarriage Support Group: email@example.com
Hispanic Perinatal Loss Support Group by VCU Health: (804) 628-1992
Pregnancy After Loss Support Group by MISS Foundation: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group at Henrico Doctors' Hospital: (804) 977-5862
Sisters of Hope: A faith based group of bereaved moms who gather together monthly to support each other.
Remembering Our Baby (a workbook for children whose brother or sister died), A Centering Corporation Resource by Patti Keough
Sesame Street: Resource guide on grief for children
The Healing Your Grieving Heart Journal for Teens by Alan D. Wolfelt
The Invisible String by Patrice Karst
The Next Place by Warran Hanson
Waterbugs and Dragonflies by Doris Cleveland Stickney
We Were Gonna Have a Baby, But We Had an Angel Instead by Pat Schweibert
For Other Family Members
When a Grandchild Dies: What to Do, What to Say, How to Cope by Nadine Galinsky Feldman
Remembering Your Baby
Ethan's Flame: Memorial candles
Held Your Whole Life: Memorial jewelry
La Belle Dame: Jewelry to Support the Spirit
My Forever Child: Personalized Memorial Jewelry and Sympathy Gifts
Remembering Our Babies: Memorial Keepsake Boutique
Robby's Rabbits: Stuffed rabbits for bereaved parents
The Angel Pics Project: Photo retouching services are donated to the parents and families of a still born baby to make photos less difficult to look at (remove medical equipment, bruises, etc.)
The Kindness Project: This project is a way for families to honor their deceased child and to help themselves heal by doing acts of kindness in the community.
Connecting with Other Loss Families
Charlotte Raye: Local RVA parents Hannah and Peter share their experience of losing their daughter, Charlotte
Online Perinatal Loss Support
A Heartbreaking Choice: Support for those who have terminated a much wanted pregnancy.
Bereaved Parents of the USA: Bereaved parents from across the country offer support, understanding, encouragement and hope to fellow bereaved parents, siblings, and grandparents after the death of their loved one.
Carly Marie, Project Heal: Find what heals you. The woman who owns this site creates beautiful artwork, provides resources, and has created a community for bereaved people.
CJ First Candle: Committed to the elimination of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, Sudden Unexpected Infant Death and preventable Stillbirths through education and research while providing support for grieving families who have suffered a loss. Grief counselors are available 24/7 at 1-800-221-7437.
Compassionate Friends: Provides comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family.
Dogs on Call at VCU Medical Center by The Center for Human-Animal Interaction
Faces of Loss, Faces of Hope: Bringing awareness to the issues of miscarriage, still birth, and infant loss.
Full Circle Grief Center: Richmond's Comprehensive Grief Resource Center, Programs are led by professional counselors and are offered at no cost to participants.
Grieving Dads: A project designed to let society know that it’s okay for a father to grieve the loss of a child.
Grieving Out Loud: Started by bereaved parents to help families find their way back to life after pregnancy and infant loss
Healing the Spirit: Promotes healing and peace for organ and tissue donor families as they grieve the death of their loved one.
Hope After Loss: This site provides free peer bereavement support programs to women and men who grieve the loss of a pregnancy or infant.
Hope After Loss Center for Loss in Multiple Birth: This organization provides parent-to-parent support for all who have experienced the death of one or more of twins or higher multiple birth children at any time from conception through birth, infancy, and early childhood.
IRIS Remembers: Infants Remembered in Silence-This program is designed to assist parents from the time that they have found out that their child has died, through delivery, in the hours following delivery, and through the funeral.
M.I.S.S. Foundation: Mothers in Sympathy and Support, Provides counseling, advocacy, research, and educational services to families experiencing the death of a child.
Mothering Your Heart: Provides compassionate support and community for women who have experienced miscarriage, infertility, baby or child loss.
Remembering Our Babies October 15: Providing support, education, and awareness for those who are suffering or may know someone who has suffered a miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, a still birth, or the loss of an infant
Share: Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support
Still Birthday: Resources to support pregnancy loss prior to, during, and after birth in any trimester.
Still Standing Magazine: An online magazine that empowers bereaved people to embrace life after loss.
Unspoken Grief: Their mission is to build and support a community of individuals and families who have been touched directly or indirectly by miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal loss. Working together to remove the stigma of perinatal grief by sharing stories and increasing awareness of the lasting effects of perinatal loss.
What's Your Grief?: A great resource for everything about grief.
About What Was Lost: Twenty Writers on Miscarriage, Healing, and Hope by Jessica Berger Gross, editor
A Guide for Fathers: When a Baby Dies by Tim Nelson
An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination by Elizabeth McCracken
Beyond Tears: Living After Losing a Child by Ellen Mitchell and Rita Volpe
Dancing in the Rain: Finding Joy in the Midst of the Storm by Cindy Shufflebarger
Dear Cheyenne: A Journey into Grief by Joanne Cacciatore
Empty Arms: Coping With Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Infant Death by Sherokee Ilse
Empty Cradle, Broken Heart: Surviving the Death of Your Baby by Deborah Davis
Grieving the Child I Never Knew: a Devotional by Kathe Wunnenberg
Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations for Working through Grief (not child specific) by Martha Whitmore Hickman
I Never Held You: A book about miscarriage, healing, and recovery by Ellen M. DuBois
Life Touches Life: A Mother's Story of Stillbirth and Healing by Lorraine Ash and Christiane Northrup
Miscarriage: A Man's Book by Rick Wheat
Miscarriage: A Shattered Dream by Sherokee Ilse and Linda Hammer Burns
Still to be Born by Pat Schwiebert, R.N. and Paul Kirk, M.S.
Strong and Tender: A Guide for the Father Whose Baby Has Died by Pat Schwiebert and Jean Grover
Surviving Miscarriage: You are Not Alone by Stacy McLaughlin, Ph.D.
The Healing Choice: Your Guide to Emotional Recovery after an Abortion by Candace De Puy, Ph.S, M.S.W and Dana Dovitch, Ph.D., M.F.C.C
They Were Still Born: Personal Stories about Stillbirth by Janel C. Atlas
Waiting with Gabriel: A Story of Cherishing a Baby's Brief Life by Amy Kuebelbeck
When Hello Means Goodbye by Paul Kirk and Pat Schwiebert
When Your Baby Dies: Through Miscarriage or Stillbirth by Louis A. Gamino and Ann Taylor Cooney