When A Child Dies – Getting Support
I bring you this collection of resources on child death because of recent news reports in my state. Two wrongful child deaths in particular have had an impact on me and many others. These reports are heartbreaking and have felt like blows to my chest, even though I have no personal connection to these situations.
Of course, the death of a child doesn’t always grab headlines like those two cases. It may be the result of an illness, long-term medical problems, an accident, suicide, or even miscarriage or stillbirth. When a child dies, no matter the age or circumstance, someone’s always grieving.
Many hospitals have support groups for families who have experienced the death of a child. Churches may also be a place to look for bereavement support, though some may be more general and less specific to children.
Compassionate Friends is a national non-profit organization that helps families deal with the death of a child. Tons of information, local chapter look-up feature, online community, a toll-free phone number, an introduction video, Spanish language information. Overall,
a well-organized group of people who have been there and who can certainly provide support and guidance to anyone who needs it.
This is a comprehensive and very informative article on parental grief (click highlighted text). It reviews characteristics of grief, SIDS, fathers, special parenting situations, grieving parents connecting with each other, thoughts and comments from grieving parents, do’s and don’ts on giving comfort, coping with loss, and moving forward with life. This one is a must-read.
Readers, share your knowledge here. If you are aware of other suggestions or resources, please share in this space.
Krull, E. (2011). When A Child Dies – Getting Support. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 30, 2016, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/family/2011/09/when-a-child-dies-getting-support/