Bereaved Parents of Madison, Inc.
Parents from our group are "On Call" and ready to assist families in any way possible. That might look different for each family, but some of there services that we can provide are:
- A HUGS Volunteer can come down to the hospital immediately.
- Talk about what is happening now and what they can expect when the baby is born. We are not medical experts, but we can share our own experiences and those we have learned from group. Sometimes, helping to ask the right questions can be very valuable.
- Help communicate with hospital staff the wishes of the family.
- Go through some of the materials that are provided by the hospital to identify some helpful pieces.
- Offer to talk by phone regularly to provide support after discharge from the hospital. (As needed- weekly for the first two months, 2x/month through 6 months, and every month until a year.)
- Meet with you in the community.
- Online support via email, Facebook, Facetime/Skype.
- Accompany you to the support group or other activity.
Resources for Families
There are a wide variety of resources available. Here are some that members of the group have found particularly useful. We are always updating, so please check back or feel free to send suggestions to email@example.com
Mental Health Professionals
We can not make recommendations for therapists, but these are a few local practitioners that work with grief and loss. (Click on their name for more information.)
We have a traveling library of books that is at the support group meeting on the 3rd Thursday of the month. Here are just a few of the selections that you might find...
Chicken Soup for the Grieving Soul by Jack Canfield
Empty Cradle A Full Heart by Christine O'Keeffe Lafser
Empty Cradle Broken Heart by Deborah Davis
An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination by Elizabeth McCracken
The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans
The Good Grief Club by Monica Novak
Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo
I Will Carry You by Angie Smith
Imperfect Spirituality: Extraordinary Enlightenment for Ordinary People by Polly Campbell
The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman
Pregnancy After A Loss by Carol Cirulli Lanham
Sunshine After the Storm
Tear Soup by Pat Schwiebert, et al
They were Still Born by Janel C Atlas
Waterbugs and Dragonflies by Doris Stickney
We are always interested in what other parents have found to be helpful and healing. Please let us know if there are books you think would be good additions to our list, or bring any books along that you would like to donate in memory of your little one <3
UPH Meriter Hospital Bereavement Team
- Michele Schroeder, Clinical Nurse Specialist (608) 417-6116
- Laura Ziebarth, Clinical Nurse Specialist (608) 417-7763
- Pregnancy and Infant Loss Helpline 608.417.5690
- Care Management 608.258.6561
- Pregnancy & Infant Loss Line 608.229.7141
- Bridget Dollar