Our Babies, Our Grief 

Northeastern Ontario Region

Our Babies, Our Grief: Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support Group      

“Journeying Through Birth and Loss Together”

Part of Home Hospice Association’s Pre and Perinatal Hospice Program

 

Whether you’ve lost your baby through miscarriage, termination, stillbirth or as an infant, this support group welcomes you to come and share your grief journey with other parents. During our 6 weeks together, we will explore grief, learn about healthy grieving practices and provide a caring, open, listening environment for you to share and express your own grief. Most of all, the purpose of our group is to provide a space where you can honour the memory of your child and come together with other grieving parents to find support and know that you are not alone.

 

This Group Session Runs

October - November 2018

Time and Location To Be Announced

 

Your Facilitator is

Julie-Anne Mauno

 

My “Why”

 

"I decided to get involved in creating an infant and pregnancy loss support group after I trained as an Infant & Pregnancy Loss Doula with Home Hospice Association. My new role opened the door for a lot of conversations about support and pregnancy and infant loss. Over and over, I received the same feedback about support in my area for parents grieving the loss of their baby: there wasn’t any. My first client, as an Infant & Pregnancy Loss Doula Candidate, expressed a deep desire to connect with other parents who had experienced the same thing but there was no support group like this in our area. When I met with a local funeral director, he expressed the same frustrations about the lack of support specifically for infant loss. Through tears he shared “I have nowhere to send grieving parents for support.” When I conducted a survey on early miscarriage loss in February 2017, parents all echoed the same message: “There was no support.” The need in my area is big. I believe with the support of Home Hospice Association, I can begin to fill the support gap. My hope is that we can host these support groups throughout Northern Ontario and provide a space for parents to find the support they long for."  

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