Infant Bereavement

The death of an infant is one of the most devastating experiences a family can have. On behalf of Oakwood Healthcare System we would like to express our condolences if you have experienced the loss of a child. We know this can be a very difficult time. Below you will find answers to commonly asked questions about fetal and infant death. We have also included services available to you through Oakwood Healthcare System. Feel free to call a member of the Infant Bereavement team should you have any questions or need further assistance.

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When the death of an infant occurs through miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal loss (perinatal death), often families are unprepared and thus are not clear about the choices they have as well as the decisions they will have to make.

Support Services available through Oakwood Healthcare System
Yearly Memorial Service - A “Moment to Remember” 
This service honors infants who have died during pregnancy or shortly after birth. Parents and families who have experienced the loss of an infant are welcome to attend. This service is generally held in October (National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month) of each year.

Yearly Memorial Planting
In the spring of each year parents will have the opportunity to come to a memorial planting to be held at the Oakwood Healthcare System’s Precious Garden at Cadillac Memorial Gardens-West.

Written and Telephone Grief Support and Follow-up
Phone calls, letters and sympathy cards are completed for each family by the Infant Bereavement Team during the year following a perinatal loss. Parents can call and request a stop to these services at any time.

Baptism or Blessing
Baptisms and blessings can be performed on any pregnancy loss and the decision to perform either rite occurs between the clergy or nurse and the parents.

Photographs
Attempts are made to photograph all formed pregnancy losses with a digital camera. The pictures are offered to families or filed with mementos and are kept for one year.

Counseling and Support Referrals
Sometimes the experience of grief becomes overwhelming to parents/families. The Infant Bereavement Team can assist in finding individual therapy should this need be identified.

Additional Support
The following web sites are being provided after thorough investigation for your comfort and guidance during this difficult time. Every attempt has been made to select sensitive sites that could potentially meet the needs of a wide variety of our families. Please feel free to email us at
womensvc@oakwood.org should you have questions, comments, or wish to request additional information.

A Quiet Refuge | quietrefuge.com
Support for parents who have experienced a sudden loss of child or pregnancy

Baby Loss Home | babyloss.com
Support for parents who have experienced pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or neonatal death

National SHARE Office | nationalshareoffice.com
Addresses pregnancy loss and the different feelings of fathers and mothers after a child's death

Pregnancy & Newborn Loss Resources | marchofdimes.com
Educational information related to pregnancy and newborn loss.  Support for families who have experienced a perinatal loss

Wintergreen Press | Wintergreenpress.com
A resource for finding literature about pregnancy loss