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Pregnancy Loss and Infant Death

Resources for parents suffering the death of their premature child.

A heartfelt thanks to my dear friend Rachel Browne for suggesting many of these wonderful resources.

Books about Coping with Pregnancy Loss | Children's Books about Death | Coping with Pregnancy Loss or Child Death Websites

Recommended Books

Heaven's Brightest Star by Kara M. Glad
"This preemie book is a wonderful resource for children who have lost a sibling due to premature birth. It is the story of little Katie, who is happily waiting to become a big sister. She is surprised and nervous when her little brother is born prematurely. She visits him in the NICU and shares a touch and a red balloon. Sadly her little brother dies, and the story concludes with her making him a sweet card. This story is accurate and well told from a child's perspective. A great resource for families, libraries, hospitals, therapists, social workers and support groups." (Allison Martin)

Order A Grace Disguised

A Grace Disguised, by Gerald Sittser. "A truly wonderful book on grief. I highly recommend it.  It is from a Christian perspective, but there is a lot of really good insight on grieving even if you are not a Christian." (Rachel Browne)

A Silent Sorrow: Pregnancy Loss - Guidance and Support for You and Your Family, by Ingrid Kohn, Perry-Lynn Moffitt, and Isabelle A. Wilkins. Encouragement for those who suffer from loss due to miscarriage or death of a new born baby, this comprehensive and well written book covers all the aspects of grief acceptance and recovery. Excellent. (Allison Martin)

Order the worst loss

The Worst Loss: How Families Heal from the Death of a Child, by Barbara D. Rosof.  This is a very good book about healing! (Rachel Browne)

Order Lament for a Son

Lament for a Son by Nicholas Wolterstorff.  "This is a wonderful book written by a father after the loss of his adult son.  It was not originally intended for publication and the writings are from the raw feelings of a new loss through a year or so of healing." (Rachel Browne)

Comfort Us, Lord-Our Baby Died for Families Who Have Experienced the Death of an Infant : A Book of Prayers for Families, by Norman Hagley. $3.50

Children's Books

Heaven's Brightest Star by Kara M. Glad
"This preemie book is a wonderful resource for children who have lost a sibling due to premature birth.

Can You Hear Me Smiling?: A Child Grieves a Sister, by Aariane R. Jackson

Waterbugs and Dragonflies : Explaining Death to Young Children, by Doris Stickney. Hardcover.

Stacy Had a Little Sister, by Wendie C. Old. A Concept Book. Ages 4-8.

Molly's Rosebush, by Janice Cohn. Ages 4-8.

When Dinosaurs Die : A Guide to Understanding Death, by Laurie and Marc Brown. Ages 3-8. "The illustrator of Arthur; this is a book answers kids questions about why death occurs, using dinosaurs as a model." (Allison Martin)

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Badger's Parting Gifts, by Susan Varley. Ages 4-8. "The focus is on remembering what we love about those departed." (Allison Martin)

The Tenth Good Thing About Barney, by Judith Viorst. Ages 4-8. "A child holds a funeral for their cat, Barney." (Allison Martin)

Lifetimes : The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children, by Bryan Mellonie. All ages. "Death and the cycle of life."

Why Do People Die, by Cynthia MacGregor. All ages. $14.95.

No New Baby : For Siblings Who Have a Brother or Sister Die Before Birth, by Marilyn Gryte. $4.95. Paperback.

Websites Providing Support for the Death of Your Child

A Place to Remember
Well known site with forum, guest book (memory book), and resources for the death of an infant.

The Compassionate Friends
I know many people who have been greatly helped by this organization. A national nonprofit, self-help support organization which assists families in the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child and to provide information to help others be supportive. Website provides information on their magazine and local chapters. TCF sponsors a candlelighting every year in December that many people find helpful.

INCIID Pregnancy Loss Forums and Bulletin Board
INCIID (InterNational Council on Infertility Information Dissemination) provides current information and immediate support regarding the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of infertility and pregnancy loss, and offers guidance to those considering adoption or childfree lifestyles.

Center for Loss in Multiple Birth
Parents throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and beyond who have experienced the death of one or more, both or all of our twins or higher multiples at any time from conception through birth, infancy and childhood.

Subsequent Pregnancy After a Loss Support (SPALS)
Subscribers to SPALS strive to support each other through subsequent pregnancies by discussing issues that often arise in a pregnancy after a loss.

SHARE - Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support - National
Excellent list of links for various loss issues and organizations.

Mothers In Sympathy & Support (MISS)
A nonprofit, volunteer based organization providing emergency support to parents after the death of their baby. A good starting point for information and support.

Mommies Enduring Neonatal Death (M.E.N.D.)
A Christian not-for-profit corporation for those who have lost a child due to miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant death. Support groups and the bi-monthly newsletter (can be read online).

Crises, Grief and Healing
Tom Golden's webpage provides articles and a forum on grief and healing.


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