Monday, March 1, 2010

Resources for Bereaved Families

If you have just heard the news, and you are facing a difficult pregnancy diagnosis,or if you are waiting on the journey... here are a few resources that may be helpful to you as you walk this path:

Be Not Afraid ~ Difficult Pregnancy Diagnosis
String of Pearls ~ Difficult Pregnancy Diagnosis
Perinatal Hospice ~ Resources for those continuing a difficult pregnancy
Growing Through Affliction~ Support and Encouragement
Sufficient Grace~ Memory ~ making materials
Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep ~ Beautiful photographs for families experiencing loss
A Place to Remember

Books for those waiting with a difficult diagnosis -
Waiting With Gabriel- Amy Kuebelbeck
Empty Arms - Sherokee Isle (secular book, but good practical answers for preparing)
In Faithfulness, He Afflicted Me - Lynette Kraft

Please take the time to check out these resources. I know it can be hard and sometimes we think in our pain that we may not want these things. But, truly it is a time that we cannot get back. There are so many things that I regret not doing and photographs especially that I wish that I had. We would be glad to send you a Dreams of You Memory Book and other materials you may need to help prepare for meeting your baby, so please just email us if you have a need:

Funeral Resources

A helpful little book:
Planning a Precious Good-bye ~ (can be ordered at A Place to Remember)

Someone recently passed this site on to me to share with you. (Thanks Kristie!) This site provides caskets and burial items:

Another organization that provides for funeral needs:

Organizations that help with funeral expenses for parents:
Angel Names

For memory-making materials, burial gowns, memory books, other items and support, visit:Sufficient Grace Ministries for Women (and families)
We will gladly send you what you need. We do not charge bereaved parents for our services.

Others offering items to help us remember our babies:

Abiding Hope Collages - word collages created to help tell a child's story

Calvin's Cupcakes - a sweet remembrance on your child's birthday

To Write Their Names in the Sand - your child's name written on the beach of Australia

Say It With Flowers - your loved one's name is written on a beautiful flower

For Your Tears - handkerchief

Engraved Euniques - engraved tiles and more

Lisa Leonard Designs ~ Hand-stamped keepsake jewelry

My Forever Child ~ remembrance, fertility, pregnancy, awareness, & hand/footprint jewelry, suncatchers, candles, keychains, pins, custom designs

My Very Own Angel ~ T-shirts, other items

The Greatest Blessing ~ Memory Boxes

The Vintage Pearl ~ Stamped keepsake jewelry

Casting Kits ~ Footprints, Handprints, Belly-casting, etc.

Bereavement Support:

Walking With You ~ An outreach of Sufficient Grace Ministries, offering biblically-based online bereavement support for those who have lost a baby or child. Mothers gather together from various places on this journey to walk with, weep with, pray for, and encourage one another as they walk the path of sorrow to hope and healing.

Anchored By Hope - online bible study and Christian support ministry for those suffering from pregnancy and infant loss

For a more extensive list of resources, please visit Holly @ Caring for Carleigh.