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Home Hospice Association

Infant & Pregnancy Loss Support Certificate Program

Program Overview

Our Certificate Program is designed to combine maximum flexibility with support from a peer learning network.

Program Description & Benefits

Launched in 2015, Home Hospice Association’s Infant & Pregnancy Loss Support Certificate Program addresses the expressed need for compassion, education, and support in infant and pregnancy loss experiences.


As the first of its kind in Canada, this program offers you skills, insights, a peer-support network, and guidance from highly qualified and experienced professionals. It plays a crucial role in filling the significant gap in pre and perinatal loss and grief support services nationwide.

By training in Infant & Pregnancy Loss Support through HHA, you will receive:

  • A certificate of completion to recognize your acquired skills and knowledge to support and encourage grieving individuals and their families


  • Personalized support from your Candidate Advisor


  • Access to HHA resources and programs for continued learning


  • Free admission to networking and support events for HHA community professionals

If you still have questions, visit our Training FAQs page.

Program Dates

This program is designed for you to learn at your own pace. Except for the 2.5-day in-class (online) component, you can complete the rest of the learning at your own speed and on your own time.

When you register, you will choose a learning cohort, which will meet online for the weekend training session. All other Certificate Program requirements can be completed at your own pace.

Registration is open for the following cohorts:

Spring 2024

Weekend Training Session: May 31-June 2


As soon as you register and pay your registration fee, you will get immediate access to the first online learning components of the program (even if you have registered for a cohort that is several months away). You will also receive invitations to all HHA's candidate learning nights and other educational and social events.

Facilitator Testimonial


"Working with Home Hospice Association and their Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support Program has been incredibly rewarding and valuable. I have had the great pleasure of teaching in the program, and meeting extraordinary individuals who are looking to change the face of support through some of the hardest and most heartbreaking pregnancy experiences clients can have. As a midwife, I have witnessed and supported these losses firsthand, and the information in this program is invaluable to build confidence, community, and skills to offer care to people who need it dearly. The greatest thing about HHA is its tight-knit community. I am in regular contact with past students to support them through their first support experiences, and have reached out to the other staff and presenters at HHA to support me with client losses in my own clinical practice when I need help navigating complex aspects of the system. The program is comprehensive and long lasting." - Molly Hockin, RM

Infant & Pregnancy Loss Support
Certificate Program

Program Structure

HHA's Certificate Program includes four learning components:

1. Compassionate Caregiving

(Online in Google Classroom)

  7 modules, including topics such as:

Spiritual Care at End-of-Life
     Ethics in Hospice Palliative Care
     The Role of a Caregiver

3. In-class Sessions

(Virtual in Google Meet)

2.5 days, including topics such as:


Stages of Gestation

Maternal Wellness & Comfort Measures

Grief & Bereavement

Rituals & Memorialization

Funeral Services

*Ongoing training in specialized topics is provided through optional monthly learning nights

2. Independent Studies

(Online in Google Classroom)

4 mandatory modules with some optional modules, including topics such as:

Community Resources

4. Projects & Assignments (Online in Google Classroom)

Final projects & assignments, including topics such as:

Case Studies
     Book Reviews

Practical Experience
     Community Engagement

Certificate Program Fee



Paid by e-transfer to

Payment in full is required to begin the Certificate Program.

As soon as we receive your registration fee, you'll get access to learning materials and events, including role play nights, guest speakers, and other invitation-only networking and educational sessions.

Please Note: Registration fees are non-refundable. However, if you are unable to attend your cohort's weekend training session, you are able to join another cohort with a minimum of 30 days notice.

Included with Fee
  • Online independent learning modules in Google Classrooms - learn at your own pace!


  • 2.5 days of in-class sessions, delivered virtually via Google Meet (see dates below)

  • Online independent projects and assignments in Google Classrooms


  • ​Ongoing Professional Development Training Through Monthly Virtual Learning Nights

  • Opportunities to co-facilitate HHA’s "Our Babies, Our Grief" drop-in support groups alongside an experienced Infant & Pregnancy Loss Support Professional

Cohort Learning Training Sessions
(online via Google Meet)

May 31-June 2, 2024

To complete the Certificate Program, your attendance is mandatory during one online weekend classroom session. 

Class times for all sessions:

Friday: 6pm-9pm (EST)

Saturday: 9am-5pm (EST)

Sunday: 9am-5pm (EST)

All other Certificate Program requirements can be completed asynchronously.

Meet the Facilitators

Who should take this program?

  • Anyone who provides emotional support, advice or comfort to an individual and their loved ones experiencing perinatal loss and grief, including social workers and counsellors


  • Caregivers or individuals wanting to learn how to better support grieving loved ones

  • Birth workers (professionals or students) working within primary care and/or birth environments, including birth doulas and neonatal medical practitioners

  • Primary care practitioners looking to develop their skills in compassionate care

  • Persons in community supportive roles who serve bereaved families

  • Professionals who provide one-to-one bereavement support to families before, during and after death, including bereavement specialists and funeral professionals

  • Professionals who work in emergency or trauma environments that may witness infant death

  • Individuals who have experienced this type of loss and want to support and empower others

Infant & Pregnancy Loss Support
Certificate Program

Why choose Home Hospice Association?

This is Canada’s first training in Pre and Perinatal Hospice Services. It was created - and is continuously being developed - by a team of experts who share a common passion for educating and bringing comprehensive knowledge and practical perspectives to end-of-life care. Our educators come from diverse backgrounds and bring experiences in birthing, end-of-life, and bereavement care. 


Our program provides extensive opportunities for engagement between students, facilitators, and special guest speakers. Over the course of the program, you will acquire valuable skills and will get the chance to apply your learnings and nurture your professional networks in order to further expand your knowledge.

To date, we have trained hundreds of support professionals who provide services across Canada


“This is an amazing team with a wide variety of skills and experience! I am more than pleased to have access to all of your knowledge and feel that it was presented quite well.” 


Learning Outcomes
  • Explore your role as an Infant & Pregnancy Loss Support Professional assisting clients (and their loved ones) before, during, and after the death


  • Experience what active dying looks like in order to educate your client’s family on what to expect


  • Gain practical knowledge of the four domains of care (planning, active support, legacy, and grief)


  • Build compassionate strategies to help prepare clients & families for their grief journey, beginning with self-compassion


  • Achieve awareness about how your own death experiences may influence your work in order to manage your reactions and possible fears

Topics Covered
  • Stages of gestation and how to support a loss at each stage


  • Miscarriage at any stage


  • Medical and elective termination


  • Prematurity, stillbirth, and neonatal death


  • Compassionate and empathetic communication


  • Grief & bereavement, including the complexity of grief and how to respond effectively to expressions of grief


  • Comfort measures before, during and after delivery


  • Support of family members 


  • Honouring a life - rituals, traditions and cultural awareness


  • Memorialization and memory-making at the time of birth

  • Consultation practice for delivery plan

  • Legalities of funeral practices in Ontario

  • Selfcare, triggers and debriefing

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