There is No Time Table for Grief
SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths claim the lives of 3,600 babies every year, and the death of an infant affects not only parents, but grandparents, family members, friends, and those in their community. First Candle provides 24/7 bereavement support, offering compassion, expertise, professional guidance, and a network of people who understand because they too know the pain of losing a baby.
- A 24-hour grief line. Grief counseling any time day or night for a family member in need, offering one-on-one support and access to materials and local support services. Call 1-800-221-7437.
- Bereavement library. Resources on surviving the death of a baby, guidance on coping with birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, and difficult considerations such as having another child, as well as ways for families to honor the memory of their baby.
- Peer-to-peer online support groups. A safe and supportive environment for individuals and families to talk about pregnancy and infant loss. Members connect and find an empathetic outlet for their feelings of grief, anger, anxiety, and depression, sharing personal experiences and offering one another emotional comfort and moral support.