Grief and bereavement:
Infant Death Center
Infant Death Center
The Infant Death Center (IDC), founded in 1980, is a statewide program administered through Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin. The goal of the Center is to assure every Wisconsin family who experiences an unexpected infant death has access to grief support and bereavement resources.
The Center collaborates with other professionals in outreach, education and infant mortality review programs to reach families and identify helpful resources. View the Infant Death Center brochure.
Grief counseling and support services are provided over the telephone by center staff. Public health nurses and center staff collaborate to ensure the best quality of care possible. In addition, information on services available locally can be provided.
Consultation with pediatric pathologist
A pediatric pathologist from Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is available to provide consultation to families and professionals to better understand the cause of death. The pathologist can meet in person or over the phone to discuss autopsy findings, medical examiner reports, test results, and/or other pertinent information that may shed light on a child’s illness or death.
The program provides information as needed to families on grief and loss, explaining death to children, and children and grief. We encourage you to explore this site and the links to other sites. If you need further information, contact the Infant Death Center office in your area.
Memorial programs are held throughout the state. They vary based on need and interest.
If you or your organization would like to donate to the Infant Death Center, donate online through the Children’s Hospital and Health System Foundation.
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