Grieving Families

We want all grieving parents and families to feel supported. Here are resources to help you and your family as you travel on your grief journey. If you would like help finding a support group, or for additional bereavement resources, please contact Joanna at the Infant Death Center.

Grief resources for parents and other family members

The Death of a Child – The Grief of the Parent
Parental grief often lasts longer and is more intense than other types of grief. Learn about the characteristics of parental grief, the grief process and the journey toward healing.

Dads Grieve Too
When a child dies, dads have a different experience from moms. Read about ways dads grieve and how to work through your grief.

When Your Grandchild Dies
Bereaved grandparents grieve for both their child and grandchild. Learn how to help yourself and your family during this difficult time.

Grief resources for siblings and other children

The Grieving Child – Helping Children Cope
Learn how to help children grieve the loss of an infant. This resource provides common reactions by age and ways for you to respond.

Recommended Reading for Grieving Kids
Books can be effective tools to help children understand death and loss. This list includes more than 60 titles for kids 3-12.

Ten Things Grieving Children Want You to Know
Children want to be told the truth about the death. Read what your child may not be able to tell you.

“Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.”Vicki Harrison

About grief

Frequently asked questions about infant death.

Reactions to Loss
Learn the difference between bereavement, grief and mourning.

The Ultimate Guide to Grief Support Resources
View a comprehensive list of more than 4o online resources for children, parents, siblings, friends, coworkers and more.

Grieving a stillborn child

Facts About Stillbirth
Stillbirths are sad and often unexpected. Learn facts and risk-factors for stillbirth.

Stillbirth Resources
Connect with advocates, family and friends of stillborn babies in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Stillbirth Service Program

Learn about the Wisconsin Stillbirth Service Program available through the UW-Madison Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Remembering your child

Writing Your Child’s Story
As time passes, your love doesn’t fade but too often memories do. Learn how to get started with recording your child’s legacy.

Honoring Your Child Throughout the Year
Birthdays, holidays and special occasions can bring renewed feelings of sadness and anxiety. Incorporating your child’s memory into annual traditions can help you honor and celebrate your beloved little one.

Self-care resources

Taking Care of Yourself
After a child dies, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Read these tips for ways to take care of yourself physically and emotionally.

Sharing Your Story
Communicating with other people who understand your experience can help you through the grief journey. Visit this online community where families who have lost a baby can talk to and comfort each other.

Contact Our Staff

For more information, please contact:

Joanna O’Donnell
Project Manager
(414) 337-4571

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The Infant Death Center is funded by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Public, MCH Title V Services Block grant through the Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, and Children’s Wisconsin Foundation.

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