Grief

For when the unimaginable happens

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Suports in Alberta

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Angel Whispers

Angel Whispers is a non-denominational service for parents who have lost a baby shortly after birth, or during pregnancy; through miscarriage, molar or ectopic pregnancy, or stillbirth. Fort Saskatchewan, AB. 

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Parent Care

ParentCare is a support group made up of Parents Helping Parents who have suffered the loss of a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or early infant death up to 28 days. The group meets on the third Thursday of every month to share experiences, exchange information, and generally support one another through a difficult and often lonely time. Spruce Grove, AB. 

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H.E.A.R.T.S.

H.E.A.R.T.S. Baby Loss Program was created in 1996 by two bereaved families who were seeking support for their own experiences. They ended up founding H.E.A.R.T.S., offering support, education and resources to families in the Sherwood Park area. Families from the Greater Edmonton Region are welcome to attend. Some programming also in Red Deer, AB. 


Electronic Supports

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COPE

The COPE Line is a resource for grieving individuals with an immediate need for support. Our COPE Line Volunteers are trained to respond to each caller personally by providing resources, referrals and information or simply offering emotional support.

Peer support for people with similar life experiences can be tremendously helpful as they navigate through difficult situations in their grief journey. COPE has a peer mentor program for parents and siblings who wish to speak one-on-one to someone who has shared their loss.

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SHARE

The mission of Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, Inc. is to serve those whose lives are touched by the tragic death of a baby through pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or in the first few months of life.
The primary purpose is to provide support toward positive resolution of grief experienced at the time of, or following the death of a baby. This support encompasses emotional, physical, spiritual and social healing, as well as sustaining the family unit.

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SANDS

SANDS is an organization based on Australia (and the UK) that supports those affected by miscarriage, stillbirth and newborn death. 

They have online support chats regularly, a support line and mens support line (Australian numbers) and email support.

SANDS UK also offers communities of support via phone, email and online.  

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PALS

Pregnancy After Loss Support (PALS) is a community support resource for women experiencing the confusing and conflicting emotions of grief mixed with joy during the journey through pregnancy after loss.

Pregnancy After Loss Support (PALS) moderates eleven private Facebook groups.

  • Star Legacy Foundation - From online support groups to information, the Star Legacy Foundation has resources for those who grieve Click here for the website
  • Pregnancy Loss Support Program - PLSP is guided by a licensed social worker with extensive experience in pregnancy loss. Our professionally trained volunteers, who participated in our program following their own pregnancy losses, provide personal and prompt nationwide telephone counseling for men and women. Both male and female volunteers are available. Contact information. 
  • Return to Zero Healing Center - has a large list of resource links and phone/online supports. Click here to see the information. 
  • Grieving Dads - Project designed to reach out to all bereaved dads and provide a conduit to share their stories. It is to bring awareness to the impacts that child loss has on fathers and to let society know that it’s okay for a father to grieve the loss of a child. Click here for information. 
  • Life-Limiting conditions - Resources for families of little ones with life-shortening conditions.                                                                                         Click here for - Carrying To Term                                                                       Click here for -  Together for Short Lives                                                                 Click here for - Perinatal Hospice FAQ 

From those who have been there

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Media

--> Stillbirth Matters 
A podcast 

--> Still Standing 
Magazine about Surviving the Aftermath of infertility and loss 

--> Don't talk about the baby 
Don't Talk About the Baby is the first documentary to explore the cultural stigmas surrounding #pregnancyloss and #infertility. The film is now available for pre-order through Vimeo!

--> Delivering Miracles  A podcast on the real, raw side of family-building including infertility, loss, high-risk pregnancy, bed rest, prematurity and healing after baby comes home.


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Inspiring Words

This is my Brave
Nneka Hall Opens Up About Grief, Depression and Anxiety via video essay.

We See You 
In honor of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, we want to let all the moms with an aching heart know: We see you.

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LGBT-Q Specific Resources

These are resources regarding loss that are specific to the LGBT-Q community. 

--> The Legacy of Leo 


--> Pink Families


--> LGBT Pregnancy Loss

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Specific Resources


Stillbirth Infographic 

You're not alone 

Insensitive Comments after a miscarriage 
The stupid things people say... 

Grief at the Holidays
and 
How to support a grieving friend
Resources to help communicate to others what you need. 

We need a better word than miscarriage - an article and a song from a dad who's been there


Resources

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Books

Something Happened - This beautifully illustrated, simple, clear story is designed to help a young child understand what has happened when there has been a pregnancy loss. 

PostPartum Edmonton is Operated by:

Kristine Aanderson, Registered Psychologist

I Listen Counselling Psychology 
Edmonton, AB 

Contacts

Email: KristineAanderson Psychologist@gmail.com 

www.I-Listen.ca