Grief support and resources
If you or someone you know has experienced the death of an infant, please call the MN SID Center for more information, support groups, and resources: 612-813-6285 or toll free 1-800-732-3812.
Many parents experience guilt, anger, fear, shock, denial and depression. Their suffering is a very personal experience and can appear in many different ways. To all parents, though, the loss of their baby is devastating.
Other children in the family are also deeply affected by the death. Their mourning will be as individual as that of their parents. If very young, these brothers and sisters may express their feelings through actions and play rather than talking. They may develop physical symptoms or regress to less mature behavior. Older children may develop problems in the school setting, or may suddenly develop extreme fears. Like their parents, the children's reactions can include normal feelings such as anger, guilt, anxiety and great sadness.
Often, the death of an infant touches family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and relatives as well. The grandparents' grief, especially, may be intensified by the grief for their own child as well as the loss of a grandchild. Occasionally, the death may occur while the infant is in the care of a child care provider. They, too, are significantly affected by death.
View a listing of publications for parents here
Helping Children Cope with Grief When an Infant Diest [PDF]
View a listing of publications for siblings/children here
Tender Healing: A Sibling's Journey Through Grief [order video]
Grandparents, family and friends
Grandparents' Grief - Who is Listening? [PDF]
View a listing of publications for grandparents, friends and family here