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ava's grace: Grief Support Resources for Bereaved Parents


Local Grief Support Groups

Grief Support Groups within the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend click here for list 


Recommended Books

An Empty Cradle, A Full Heart: Reflections for mothers and fathers after miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss by Christine O’Keeffe Lafser

Blessed Is the Fruit of Thy Womb: Rosary Reflections on Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Infant Loss by Heidi Idahl

Grieving Together: A Couple's Journey Through Miscarriage by Laura Kelly Fanucci and Franco David Fanucci

Loving Baby Louie: Hope in the Midst of Grief  by David Currie and Colleen Currie (A poignant story that will help small children understand the loss of a sibling and the eternal life that awaits them in Heaven).

The Way of Trust and Love:  A Retreat Guided by St. Thérese of Lisieux by Jacques Philippe

After Miscarriage: A Catholic Woman’s Companion to Healing and Hope by Karen Edminsten


Articles and Blog Posts

Mothering Spirit: Encouraging blog with several helpful articles Website 
 "Can These Bones Live?"   
"Eulogy for Maggie & Abby"   
"Pregnancy After Loss"   
"Power of Poetry (when words pale)" 
"There's a Wideness"   
"This is the Story"    
"To Have and Have Not" 
"Yes that Breaks your Heart"  

Saint Zélie Martin and Overcoming Grief in Hope: Article 

The Hidden Face of Love: An Open Letter to Women (and Men) Who Have Lost Children and Those Who Know Them Article 

The Power of "And": How One Word Changed the Way I Grieve Article 

Unless a Kernel of Wheat Falls: personal reflection on losing a child by Ryan Masters Article 

Wanting One More: A reflection on the deep pain of recurrent miscarriage Article  


Online Support Groups

Mommy To A Little Saint: Catholic Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support  This members-only Facebook Group is for Catholic women who experience miscarriage, stillbirth and infant loss, for the purpose of providing prayerful and emotional support for one another. If you would like to join, submit a request here. 


Websites and Organizations

Alive, Alone: Promoting healing to bereaved parents whose only child, or all children, are deceased Website

Baby Steps: Support for those on the long road to recovery from the loss of a baby Website 

Bereaved Parents USA: A nationwide organization designed to aid and support bereaved parents and their families Website 

Climb Support: For parents who have experienced the death of one or more of their children who are multiples Website

For Mom's Only: A healing place to find other mothers who can help you on this difficult journey Website 

Healing Hearts: Understanding, suggestions for coping, support, friendship, and hope to all parents who are struggling with grief Website

Luminous Light Studio: The Bereaved Mother's Love Project  (may require Facebook sign in)

Missing Grace: Resources and support for families that have experienced pregnancy loss, infant loss or infertility Website  

Neo-Fight: 24-hour support line for those experiencing a perinatal crisis for all counties in Indiana 317-446-3013 Website 

SHARE: provides support to those mourning the tragic death of a baby through early pregnancy loss, stillbirth or newborn death Website 

Silent Grief: Support for all who have suffered miscarriage and later child loss Website 

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Resources and Support for Families SUID/SIDS Gateway   SIDS Institute 

Still Standing: Surviving the Aftermath of Loss and Infertility Website 

The Compassionate Friends: Supports families who have experienced the death of a child Website 


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