Resources for Bereaved Families

 
 

“Please know, while our stories may be different, I understand the pain you are feeling, for I, too, have suffered a similar loss. After my son, Michael, passed away, I was left with milk that he would never use. Donating my milk to The Milk Bank in his memory, allowed me to heal and provided comfort knowing that other babies’ lives could be saved.”

Lauren Duncan, Donor Mother Coordinator

Lauren Duncan, Donor Mother Coordinator

 

 

We are here to help. Some mothers find the process of donating their breast milk to be a step in healing, while others prefer not to donate. Whether you need help to gradually and safely diminish your supply or if you choose to pump and donate in memory of your baby, we can provide the support you need.

 
 

Why pump and donate your milk?

  • Pumping can help you to maintain a connection with your baby

  • It helps you and others to acknowledge that your baby did exist

  • It is a way for you to move through your grief

  • Lactation completes the reproductive cycle

  • The release of hormones of lactation helps to reduce the symptoms of depression

  • Many bereaved mothers have a physiological need to pump

 

Garrett’s Gift Bereavement Donation Program

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Garrett’s Gift Bereavement Program provides families that have experienced a loss the chance to donate in honor of their little one. Each leaf on this tree has the name of a baby whose family has donated in the hopes of saving another life. There is no minimum donation. Contact our donor mother coordinator for specific donation guidelines. Bereaved parents are welcome to visit Garrett’s Giving Tree during business hours.

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We Are Here to Help!

Our goal is to make the donation process for a grieving family as seamless as possible by providing supplies, when available, and convenient donation drop-off sites, as well as the ability to work directly with hospital staff to ship milk donations.

IF YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED A LOSS AND WOULD LIKE TO DONATE, PLEASE CONTACT US AT (317) 536-1670.

If you would like to give financially in memory of a little one click here for more information.


 
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“Donating filled my heart with such excitement and joy because I knew I was helping those fragile little preemies in honor of my sweet son.”

Sheri Rukavina, on donating after the loss of her son, Mark

 

Additional Resources for Bereaved Families


NAME OF RESOURCE TYPE OF SERVICES PROVIDED CONTACT INFORMATION
A Place to Remember
  • Nationwide
  • Support resources for preterm, stillbirth and early infant death
  • Online bookstore and card shop
1885 University Avenue
Suite 110
St. Paul, MN 55104
800-631-0973
www.aplacetoremember.com
Bereavement Publications
  • Nationwide
  • Online marketplace of resource materials
  • Publication of "Bereavement", a magazine of hope and healing
PO Box 101
Eckert, CO 81418
888-604-4673
www.bereavementmag.com
Centering Corporation Grief Resources
  • Nationwide
  • Publishers of Grief Digest Magazine
  • Online bookstore
7230 Maple Street
Omaha, NE 68134
866-218-0101
www.centering.org
Compassionate Friends
  • Nationwide
  • Specializing in online support and referral services for families grieving the loss of a child
  • Online support community
  • Convenes an annual “Walk to Remember” and worldwide candle lighting
  • National Conference on Grief & Loss
  • Sibling chat rooms for bereaved siblings 18 years and younger
  • Chapters available nationwide, see website for a location near you
900 Jorie Blvd
Suite 78
Oakbrook, IL 60523
630-990-0010 or 877-969-0010
www.compassionatefriends.org
Counseling Associates
  • Specializing in online support and referral services for families grieving the loss of a child
  • Online support community
  • Convenes an annual “Walk to Remember” and worldwide candle lighting
  • National Conference on Grief & Loss
  • Sibling chat rooms for bereaved siblings 18 years and younger
  • Chapters available nationwide, see website for a location near you
931 E 86th St
Suite 101
Indianapolis, IN 46240
317-466-1516
www.counselingindy.com
Eagle Creek Counseling
  • Specializing in grief and family couseling
  • Clinical staff includes 4 specialists that provide grief & loss counseling services
3935 Eagle Creek PKWY
Suite C
Indianapolis, IN 46254
317-293-5563
www.eaglecreekcounseling.com
Family Counseling Associates
  • Christ-centered professional counseling
  • Established 1993
  • Sponsors the "LifeKeys" program
  • Experienced clinical staff
7526 East 82nd Street
Indianapolis, IN 46254
317-293-5563
www.fcahelp.com
Healing Hearts Infant Bereavement Services
  • Nationwide
  • Bereavement forum
  • Bereavement resource books and materials
  • Resource Guide ($5)
810 River Avenue
Suite #250
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
888-721-2742
www.cribsforkids.org/joinourforum
IU Health – Hope in Healing Pediatric Bereavement Program
  • Family-centered grief support
  • Individual and family counseling
  • Phone counseling
  • Educational materials
6640 Intech Blvd, Suite 320
Indianapolis, IN 46278
317-963-0829
Hope in Healing
Infants Remembered in Silence (IRIS Organization)
  • Nationwide
  • Online bookstore
  • Poems & stores (extensive list)
  • Newsletter
  • Bereavement support packets
218 Third Avenue SW
Fairbault, MN 55021
507-334-4748
www.irisremembers.com
March of Dimes
  • Nationwide
  • Online support community
  • Bereavement resouce materials and articles (enter "bereavement" in the search field for a list)
  • Online ordering system for books and other support materials
  • E-Newsletter
  • Chapters available nationwide, see website for a location near you
National Office:
1275 Mamaroneck Ave
White Plains, NY 10665
914-997-4488

Indianapolis Office:
6330 E 75th St, Suite 306
Indianapolis, IN 46250
317-262-4668
www.marchofdimes.org
Mommies Enduring Neonatal Dealth (M.E.N.D.)
  • Nationwide
  • Christ-centered
  • Monthly newsletters
  • Commemorative ceremonies
  • Nationwide support groups
www.mend.org
Mothers in Sympathy & Support (MISS) Foundation
  • Nationwide
  • International, volunteer-based organization
  • Online, moderated group message board
  • Provides family support packet of resource information upon request
  • Online articles
  • Workshops for professionals
77 E Thomas Rd
Suite 112
Pheonix, AZ 85012
602-279-6477 or 888-455-6477
www.missfoundation.org
Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep
  • Nationwide
  • A non-profit organization dedicated to providing professional photography services to parents that have experienced loss. The services are conducted in a compassionate, sensitive and professional manner, allowing grieving parents to create a photgraphic memorial of their precious little one
  • Services are free and provided by local, professional photographers who volunteer their time as memebers of NILMDTC
  • Visit their website and enter your zip code to find a coordinator near you and arrange a private photography session in the hospital
  • Services are available after hours
2305 E. Arapahoe Road
Suite 220
Centennial, CO 80122
877-834-5677
www.nowilaymedowntosleep.org
Pathways to Healthing Counseling & Education
  • Grief and loss counseling
  • Experienced clinical staff
  • Multiple locations
2051 Monument St
Noblesville, IN
(Across from Noblesville, HS)

9011 N Meridian St, #108
Indianpolis, IN
317-507-7020
www.pathwaystohealingcounseling.com
Postpartum Support International
  • Grief Support
  • Local support groups
  • Educational materials
  • Grief hotline
800-944-4PPD (4773)
www.postpartum.net
Return to Zero- Center for Healing
  • Community of bereaved families and their providers transforming the culture of perinatal loss through awareness, education and support
www.returntozerohealingcenter.com
SHARE Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support, Inc.
  • Nationwide
  • Online support community
  • Resource information packets, upon request
  • Recommended reading list
  • Downloadable informational brochures
401 Jackson St
St. Charles, MO 63301-3468
800-821-6819
www.nationalshare.org
Will CarryOn
  • Illinois support groups
  • Bereavement resouce materials and articles
willcarryon.wordpress.com