Support after infant loss

By on August 15, 2009

Footprints, a bereavement program for parents and adult family members who are coping with a miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or newborn death, will be presented by Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice (FVVH).

The program begins on Aug. 26 and meets Wednesday nights through Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. at 200 Whitfield Drive, Geneva. There is no cost to attend the program, but registration is required by Tuesday, Aug. 18.

During the six-week program, participants will come to understand that grief is a normal, natural process and will learn the differences between how men and women grieve from a couple who lost their baby several years ago. Participants will also learn how to identify a support system to assist them in meeting their needs at this difficult time. Managing special dates and holidays will be discussed and participants will engage in discussion about considering pregnancy after loss and how they know when they are ready to move on.

Footprints sessions are led by a licensed professional and an experienced co-facilitator. The program is offered four times a year, but for those with immediate grief needs, short-term individual counseling is available between sessions. Spanish translation is available.

For more information or to register for Footprints, call (630) 232-2233, or e-mail info@fvvh.org.