Perinatal Bereavement Services
Designed to support parents and families who have experienced the loss of a baby, due to an ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, interruption of pregnancy, stillbirth or neonatal death. We are here to listen.
Grieving is a normal response to the death of a loved one. When a baby dies, the family may also grieve the loss of their hopes, dreams, and their lifetime with that child. Caring, supportive hospital staff can help the family through the initial shock and crisis as they adjust to their changed life without their baby. We offer immediate and on-going support during the family's time of need.
The Crouse program uses a team approach to help the family through this difficult period. Representatives from nursing, spiritual care, social services, the funeral home and other related community services are available to assist the family. This program is available to each and every grieving mother, father/significant other and family member. Our support includes listening to the mother and family. We honor the baby by offering positive choices, providing opportunities to identify family needs, and encourage decisions that can hold some positive memories.
Memories of the baby can help the parents and family through this difficult time. The mother will be offered a memory box or envelope literature specific to the type of loss, photographs and other items. The mementoes are provided free of charge from Crouse Hospital through donations from caring individuals, including many who have benefited from our program.
At the hospital, photographs are taken of each newborn baby, and they are available in ten to twelve weeks. When the baby's photos arrive, the parents will be contacted.
How Can You Help?
Responding to Grieving Families:
TIPS & ADVICE on how you can help a parent and family cope with the loss of a child.
For Further Information
For more information about Crouse Bereavement Services, or to reach a counselor:
More Information: Regional Bereavement Services