Resources for Bereaved Parents

Please explore this page to find resources for bereaved parents to navigate the loss of a child. If you are in search of something you do not see on this page, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will do our best to get you connected to the right resource for you.


Step-by-Step Guide

Find a step-by-step checklist of what to do after your child dies.

Connect with bereaved parents like you based on similar experiences.

Parent Guide to Sibling Grief

Help children adjust to life without their sibling with a printable guide to answer their questions and help them grieve.

Funeral Planning

How to plan a funeral for a child, find a funeral home and/or cemetery, and plan your child’s ceremony.

Sibling Support

Find resources and guides to both explain the loss of a child and help your other children cope with the loss of their sibling.

Grief

Grief comes with a variety of emotions and feelings. You’re not alone. Find out what other bereaved parents are going through with you.

Suicide Prevention

Visit the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988lifeline.org or call or text 988.

Lactation Support

Many moms are breastfeeding when their child passes away. Find out how to wean and what to do with your milk.

Counseling Resources

How to find a therapist who is experienced in child loss and insurance information.

Books on Grief and Child Loss

Find books on child loss to help you better understand the grief process and learn about similar stories to your own.

Retreat

An opportunity for parents to let their guard down and discuss the the common thoughts and feelings that accompany the loss of a child.

Support Groups

Find a support group of other bereaved parents that best fits your needs.

Podcasts

Explore podcasts on the topic of child loss. Hear from parents, as well as experts who help care for them.

Child Loss Statistics

Statistics to increase awareness on how common child loss is even in the United States.

Child Loss in Movies, TV, Music and Sports

Child loss impacts everyone across all walks of life. Peruse child loss in TV, music and sports to see how unfortunately universal grief is.

Living & Loving After Child Loss Blog

The Milestones That Keep Coming

The Milestones That Keep Coming

By Martha McGeehon, Everly’s Mom

Surviving the Holidays

By Liene Ciguze, David’s Mom

The Balancing Act

By Becca Kohn, Sammi’s Mom

Never Thought I Would Need Therapy

By Lara Gillham, Jackson’s Mom

My Numbers Don’t Add Up

By Becca Kohn, Sammi’s Mom

Our Children’s Stories

Jackson Schmitt, who Love Like Jackson, a 501c3 is named for.

Love Like Jackson

By Carrie Schmitt, Jackson’s Mom

Kyle Mertens Holding His Daughter Ella Mertens

When Loss Changes Everything: Ella’s Story

By Kyle Mertens, Ella’s Dad

Lindsey Hand

Lindsey’s Story

By Lester Hand, Lindsey’s Dad

Sarah holding her son Cam with her husband Isaac

Keeping Cam’s Memory Alive

By Sarah Shields, Cam’s Mom

Betty Holding Her Daughter Ella

Better Because of Ella

By Betty Mertens, Ella’s Mom