Support Groups


Tear Catchers 
Perinatal/Infant Bereavement Support Services Sponsored by Wolfson Children’s Hospital


This gathering is a parent support group for families who have suffered the loss of a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, or newborn death.  Discussions include crisis intervention, parent-to-parent outreach, education, and comfort.  If your loss occurred at Baptist Medical Center, you will automatically be placed on our mailing list for one year to receive a reminder for support group dates and times.  If your loss occurred at another facility and you would like to be placed on our mailing list, please leave a message for Chaplain Linda Rosengren with Pastoral Care at Wolfson Children’s Hospital.


The support group meets on the first and third Mondays of each month from 7:00 to 8:30pm at All Saints Episcopal Church.  The address is 4171 Hendricks Avenue, Jacksonville, 32207 (approx. 2 miles south of San Marco Square).



The Compassionate Friends
​“Whether your family has had a child die (at any age from any cause) or you are trying to help those who have gone through this life altering experience, The Compassionate Friends exists to provide friendship, understanding, and hope to those going through the natural grieving process.” ~ Compassionate Friends website


Grief share

“It may be hard for you to feel optimistic about the future right now. If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, you’ve probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel… GriefShare groups meet weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life.” ~ GriefShare website

http://www.griefshare.org/


SIDS America

“SIDS America offers an array of services and support to families who have suffered the death of a baby to SIDS, but the core of what we do on a daily basis to bring hope, help, and healing to as many families as possible across the United States.” At time of posting, no local chapters in Jacksonville. ~ SIDS America website



Grief Watch

“Grief Watch was created to provide you with bereavement resources, memorial products and links that can help you through your personal loss. GriefWatch also has an online store with multiple recourse which include books and remembrance items."  ~ GriefWatch website


http://www.griefwatch.com/


Ways to Remember with Remembrance Gifts


Carry cross or carry heart
Each item is handmade in Jacksonville Beach. Each wooden cross or heart can be inscribed with names, dates, scriptures, or wording you choose. The Carry Cross® is a product of God's love and inspiration and serves as a constant reminder that God has a mission for each and every one of us.  It helps us to remember that his Son, Jesus Christ, died, so that we may have eternal life.  The Carry Cross® was designed to be carried comfortably in your hand.  It easily fits into your pocket or purse as you go about your daily life.  At night, when you are ready to retire, place your Carry Cross® in its handcrafted case at your bedside.  We encourage you to have one inscribed with your favorite verse and personalized with your name. The Carry Heart is hand-crafted and shaped to fit ergonomically into the palm of your hand.  There are no stains or varnishes used.  As you hold it, your cares and worries will fade away.The Carry Heart is available in all wood types either plain or with writing. 

http://www.thecarrycross.com/

Remembrance jewelry
Remembrance jewelry can be comforting item. There are many companies and businesses that make custom made jewelry. The pieces can range from stamped tin and clay to fine gems and precious metals. Below are some links to stores friends of Margaret’s Memories have used:
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http://thevintagepearl.com/

http://www.thecomfortcompany.net/Memorial-Jewelry.aspx


Books for Adults Dealing with the Loss of a Child


  • Lessons, Abbott, Susan Shibley.
  • When the Bough Breaks: Forever After the Death of a Son or Daughter, Bernstein, Judith. 
  • After the Death of a Child: Living with Loss through the Years, Finkbeiner, Ann. 
  • Living Through the Grief of Miscarriage, Stillbirth or Infant Death, Fumia, Molly. 
  • Hannah’s Gift, Housden, Maria.  
  • Standing Beside You, Maurer, Linda. 
  • A Broken Heart Still Beats: After Your Child Dies, McCracken & Semel.  
  • After the Darkest Hour, the Sun Will Shine Again, Mehren, Elizabeth.  
  • The Worst Loss: How families heal from the death of a child, Rosof, Barbara. 
  • The Bereaved Parent, Schiff, Harriet.  
  • Heather’s Return: The Amazing Story of a Child's Communications from Beyond the Grave, Wiitala, Geri. 
  • Healing a Parent’s Grieving Heart- 100 Practical Ideas, Wolfelt, Alan.  


​​Books for Children Dealing with Death of a Sibling


  • Beat the Turtle Drum, Greene, Constance. 
  • No New Baby, Gryte, Marilyn.
  • Where’s Jess?, Johnson, Joy & Marv.
  • A Birthday Present for Daniel, Rothman, Juliet.
  • Am I still A Sister?, Sims, Alicia. 
  • The Empty Place, Temes, Roberta. 
  • A Little Bit of Rob, Turner, Barbara. 
  • Lost and Found, Yeomans, Ellen.





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