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Grief Relief

Aug 8, 2023

Parent Bereavement and Rainbow Babies

"Honoring a Pregnancy Loss and Celebrating a Rainbow Baby

It’s important to take time to grieve after the loss of a child and to understand the grieving process. Grief is a very personal and complex emotion. Even if you’re anticipating a joyful new arrival, you can still mourn for the baby you lost.

Some steps may help you through the grieving process:

  • August 22 is Rainbow Baby Day can help you commemorate by encouraging you to share your story, in social media, with friends, in a support group.

  • Create a memory of your baby. Plant a tree or a garden in honor of your child. Some hospitals offer to make hand and footprints of your baby as a keepsake, take pictures, or give them a christening.

  • Seek support. This could mean joining a grief group, talking with people you know who have lost a baby, or even just talking with your spouse. M.E.N.D. is a good starting point.

  • Grieve with your partner. We all deal with grief differently, and during this time, our emotions can be everywhere at once. Talk to your partner about how they’re feeling and communicate throughout the pregnancy about your wishes and worries."

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