Funeral Information and Assistance
This booklet is for you and for those who will support you through these first difficult days and weeks. If it’s hard to read this now, give it to a friend or family member who can help.
Planning a Memorable Service from Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support
As you begin thinking about your baby’s service, you may be at a loss for ideas and unsure as to what is appropriate to do. Or, you may know in your heart things you would like to do, but you may be afraid to ask if it is okay. Reading about what others have done can be very helpful.
If at all possible, both parents should be involved in planning the funeral and memorial services. While the process will certainly be difficult, it is also a critical step in the healing process.
Memorial Planning Worksheet from the M.I.S.S. Foundation
To help you keep track of information and get your questions answered.
Advice for Funeral Directors and Clergy: A Bereaved Parent’s Perspective from the M.I.S.S. Foundation
Funeral Directors and Clergy have a difficult task in offering peace of mind and comfort to families that have lost a child of any age. The following are suggestions from bereaved families to assist and guide those of service to families that have lost a child.
Healing Hearts Burial Assistance - Ronald McDonald House Charities of Austin & Central Texas
Many times a family that has lost a child does not have the financial means to cover the costs of burial or cremation. RMHC Austin is able to support those families through a unique program which provides burial assistance funds. Families who are in need of this special support are referred through hospital social workers. In 2009, RMHC Austin provided burial assistance to 84 families facing this unexpected and most devastating experience.
Established in 2011, Luke Lives On’s mission is to provide comfort, support and resources to families who have lost a child due to pregnancy loss or early infant death. Memory boxes are delivered to local Central Texas hospitals in the months of January and June that can be distributed to families throughout the year.
This national nonprofit has chapters in multiple states and provides complete layettes for infant demise in addition to memorial items such as teddy bears and keepsake envelopes which are provided to the family to honor the life that was gone too soon.
The AngelPics Project has been created to donate photo retouching resources to the parents and families of a stillborn baby. Photographs of stillborns and newborns who don’t make it home from the hospital are usually very difficult to look at, and are usually the only image that the parents have of their child. Through this free service, our skilled digital artists work with a digital copy of your original, eliminating medical equipment, removing marks and bruising, even replacing the background if desired.
Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep introduces remembrance photography to parents suffering the loss of a baby with the free gift of professional portraiture. The Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation (NILMDTS) administers a network of more than 7,000 volunteer photographers in the United States and 25 countries. At a family’s request, a NILMDTS Affiliated Photographer will come to your hospital or hospice location and conduct a sensitive and private portrait session. The portraits are then professionally retouched and presented to the families on an archival DVD or CD that can be used to print portraits of their cherished baby. The entire network of affiliated photographers graciously donate their time and talents to our families and services are offered at no cost. This nonprofit believes these images serve as in important step in the families healing process by honoring their child’s legacy.
Based in Australia, To Write Their Names In The Sand is a memorial site for children. It was founded on August 19th 2008, 19 months after Carly Dudley’s son Christian was stillborn. Carly and her husband visit the beach 6 nights a week. They write all of the names, take all of the photos and create all of the memorials as a free service to anyone who has been touched by the loss of a child. It is a simple act that recognizes a life. It gives something beautiful to a family that may only have a few memories of their child – or even none at all.