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Getting Help After a Baby Dies

There are many places to turn to for support after the death of a baby.

  • Friends – The support you get from friends can be more soothing or affirming than what you get from your partner or family members, who are likely also grieving the loss of the baby.
  • Parent Support Groups – Attending a support group is comforting in many ways. Parents can share their grief with others who truly understand. They can talk about their baby and their feelings. And others can validate how significant and painful their loss is, reassure that their feelings are normal, give them insight on ways to cope, and help them to discover they are not alone in suffering such a loss or having to make such difficult decisions.
  • Counseling – Many parents benefit from individual counseling as well as a support group. Individual counseling can give you a chance to air your feelings at greater length and help you work through other personal issues. Family therapy can also benefit surviving children and your relationship with your partner.
  • Spirituality and Religion – Spiritual and religious beliefs may help you cope with your grief or they may make you more confused and angry. Even if you do not consider yourself to be religious, you may discover some spiritual philosophy that helps you cope.

Davis, Deborah L.. (1996). Empty Cradle, Broken Heart. Golden, Colo.: Fulcrum Publishing.

Perinatal mood disorders are treatable. But first you have to ask for help.

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