Loss of a Child of Any Age

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GROUP SUPPORT INFORMATION:

  • We offer Bereaved Parent grief support groups for parents grieving the loss of a child of any age. Learn about the next group series by clicking here.  Please call our office for more information:  541-552-0620.
  • For pregnancy or infant loss, the Asante Family Birth Center in Medford offers a monthly support group. Scroll down to “Loss of Pregnancy or Infant” list below or call the Asante Family Birth Center for more information: 541-789-4218.

REGIONAL AND NATIONAL RESOURCE LINKS:
Article:
 7 Things I’ve learned since the death of my child
Article:  If you have other children:  Siblings and Grief — 10 things everyone should know

The Compassionate Friends (TCF)
A  nationwide group of and for parents grieving the loss of a child of any age. Newsletter, conferences, group support, and ways to connect online with other bereaved parents.
http://www.compassionatefriends.org/home.aspx
Medford chapter meets the 1st Monday of each month at 6:30 pm.
Note:  There may soon be a chapter starting up in Grants Pass. If you’re interested, please check with a local (Medford) TCF representative.
Local chapter phone number:  541-324-4724.
EMAIL:   roguevalleytcf@gmail.com

Bereaved Parents of the USA
Bereaved Parents of the USA (Bereaved Parents of the USA-BP/USA) is a nationwide organization designed to aid and support bereaved parents and their families struggling to overcome their grief after the death of a child.
WEB SITE ALSO HAS GOOD INFORMATION IN SPANISH
(708) 748-7866
http://www.bereavedparentsusa.or

Journeys Through Grief- Resources for Coping with Grief, Traumatic Loss, and Stress  A newsletter blog that provides resources for bereaved parents experiencing the death of a child of any age.
https://journeysthrugrief.wordpress.com/

Page specifically on Loss of an Adult Child from Grief Healing Blog
from the Grief Healing Blog:
www.griefhealingblog.com/2012/03/when-adult-child-dies-resources-for.html?m=1

How to Comfort Someone Whose Child Has Died
griefHaven.org article written by bereaved mother, Susan Dunn
Also many other resources for bereaved parents on this site
www.griefhaven.org/

Rowan Tree Foundation
Peer-to-peer non-profit organization for BEREAVED PARENTS nationwide.
(303) 378-4300
www.rowantreefoundation.org

Open To Hope
“A non-profit organization with the mission of helping people find hope after loss.” A special section dedicated to the loss of a child.  This organization is known for their radio program.
www.opentohope.com/death-of-a-child/

GriefShare
www.griefshare.org
From their website:  “GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.” There are local GriefShare groups in many locations across the country as well as ways to connect with other grievers online. GriefShare is a Christian-based organization.

Centering Corporation
“The Centering Corporation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing education and resources for the bereaved… We publish over 200 books for children and adults, My Friends Emotion Dolls, a Memory Bag for children, DVDs and caring cards, plus over 400 books and resources from other publishers.”
1-866-218-0101
http://www.centering.org/
For Bereaved Parents: http://www.centering.org/index.php?page=book&id=17

MISSFoundation
“The MISS Foundation is a 501(c)3, volunteer based organization committed to providing crisis and long term support to families after the death of a baby or child.
The MISS Foundation also participates in legislative and advocacy issues, community engagement and volunteerism, and culturally competent, multidisciplinary, education opportunities.”
http://www.missfoundation.org/

Alive AloneA resource-rich website for parents who have no surviving children
www.alivealone.org/
From their site:  “Alive Alone is an organization for the education and charitable purposes to benefit bereaved parents, whose only child or all children are deceased, by providing a self-help network and publications to promote communication and healing, to assist in resolving their grief, and a means to reinvest their lives for a positive future.”
E
mail: alivalon@bright.net

Loss of Newborn, Infant or Pregnancy

Steps to Healing, Asante Family Birth Center, Medford
LOCAL SUPPORT GROUP SPECIFICALLY FOR PREGNANCY & INFANT LOSS.
A stepping stone on the path to healing for parents experiencing pregnancy and infant loss.
Meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month at 7:30pm.
Peer led, peer-to-peer support.
Smullin Health Education Center
2825 E Barnett Rd, Medford, OR
541-789-4218

Helping After Neonatal Death (HAND)
Non-profit organization for parents who’ve lost a baby before, during, or after birth. Peer support groups, telephone support, quarterly newsletter, lending library, web site, etc.
info@handonline.org
www.handonline.org
1-888-908-4263

Brief Encounters 
A nonprofit, nonsectarian group for parents whose babies have died before, during, or after birth.  “Need to talk? Call (503) 699-8006 or our Spanish line at (503) 972-3376. Please recognize that this is a message phone only. Our volunteers will attempt to return your phone call within 24 hours. Our volunteer will help you access the resources you need.
This web site is available to parents around the world. We may not be able to return calls outside of the greater Portland, Oregon area, although other resources, including newsletters, are available to you.”
www.briefencounters.org

Five Hours: How My Son’s Brief Life Changed Everything
Book by Lucinda Weatherby, former program manager at WinterSpring
Site based on Lucinda’s memoir documenting the loss of her newborn son to a rare genetic disorder. Links, resources and a companion blog with interviews and Grief (Love) stories by other parents who’ve experienced the deaths of children of all ages.
www.fivehoursbook.com/
www.fivehoursbook.com/stories/

Our Spirit Babies
Provides annual service for people who have had a pregnancy loss.   A very good resources page with articles!
spiritbabies.org

The Saying Goodbye Services are the first national (UK) set of remembrance services for people who have lost a child at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in infancy, whether last week or 80-years ago.
sayinggoodbye.org

American Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Institute
Dedicated to the medical prevention, research, and education about SIDS with links to other organizations and a Memorial page: http://sids.org/memorial-page/
sids.org

Other Loss of Pregnancy and/or Motherhood

Planned Parenthood
Ashland Health Center
1532 Siskiyou Blvd.
Ashland, OR 97520
(541) 482-8700
Medford Health Center
125South Central, Suite 201
Medford, OR 97501
(541) 773-8285
Can provide access to some resources for women experiencing grief and loss after an abortion.

Missed Motherhood
www.missedmotherhood.com/
From the website: ”Honoring Missed Motherhood: Loss, Choice, and Creativity” by Kani Comstock. For any woman who has missed motherhood for any reason, including not being able to have children or even choosing not to have children.