Caring For Bereaved Parents

I came across these notes that I took when I was completing my online Caring for Bereaved Parents course. I thought I would share a few notes for anyone who is interested.


Women over the age of 45 are at a 75% risk of having a miscarriage

Men over the age of 40 are 2x more likely to father a pregnancy ending in miscarriage

15%-20% of known pregnancies end in a miscarriage

New born deaths are classified if the baby is under 28 days

Stillborn –  pregnancy over 20 weeks who has died before birth or in birthing process

Bereaved parents and families experience: shock, denial, incomprehension and numbness, guilt, denial, anger, hope and readjustment

We can give:

  1. permission to grieve
  2. share their experience

Be there. Take the time. Be open. Be honest. Share tears. Show that you care. Use babies name. Attend to all needs. Be patient and gentle. Encourage and give options. Don’t mention autopsy straight away. Provide with info on what to do and what not to do. Help create memories. Meet religious beliefs. Give parents as much time as possible with their baby. Include other family members.


These tips can be applied to all situations where there is a loss – The loss of a child, the loss of a friend, the loss of a lover, the loss of their health through the diagnosis of an illness – it can all be employed to help others.


If you are interested in undertaking the Caring for Bereaved Parents online course, follow this link for more information.





Australian Online Resources

The following is a list of online resources that I have found particularly helpful after losing my son. Please take your time to go through and read the information available, and I hope they help you like they have helped me.

Carly Marie Project Heal


Bears of Hope have several closed Facebook groups to join, and you have a safe area to discuss your concerns, fears, and emotions with people who can relate. I have found this possibly the best ‘therapy’ for mending a broken heart.  Bears of Hope Family & Friends, Bear of Hope Parent Support Group, Bears of Hope Rainbows.
If you are struggling with the loss of your child, please talk to a someone who can relate.
Bears of Hope and Sands offer 24/7 grief support, from experienced people who have lost a baby.

Bears of Hope: 1300 11 4673

Sands: 1300 07 2637

Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636


You are more than welcome to contact me and I am happy to talk to you 🙂