The loss of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, or during early infancy is a unique and often isolating grief experience. If you are experiencing this type of loss, we offer the resources and comforting tips below:
Make the most of your time together
When a baby dies there are often very few memories, take time to create memories through keepsakes and even photography. Spending time with your baby, naming him or her, washing their body are all opportunities to express your feelings for your baby and help understand the reality of your baby’s death. You may choose to involve family members or other siblings of the baby.
Not Knowing Is Okay
Decision making can be difficult as you experience an array of thoughts, feelings, and reactions after the loss. Ask for support and guidance from family, friends and hospital staff. Exploring options for funeral, cremation, burial can be difficult. Identify your options for postponing these decisions. This can also allow your body time to heal.
Your physical needs may become overshadowed after the loss of your baby. Medical follow-up is important to aid in restoring your physical health. Eating regularly, getting plenty of rest, and taking time for yourself and with others can help.
Hosparus Health Grief Counseling Center offers hope with grief counseling services and programs to help cope with life-changing loss. Visit our lending library in our Louisville office for a large variety of helpful books for children, teens and adults about coping with death, grief and loss. Become a library patron and borrow our books for a month. (Some books may be available at other Hosparus Health locations.) Louisville library hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Visit our website for online and local resources for the journey.