Navigating the Loss of a Wished-for Child: Grief in Pregnancy and Infant Death

04/02/2019 - 11:30am to 1:30pm

Grade levels: All Grade Levels, Professional Development, Higher ed

Content areas: All Content Areas, Professional Development

Topics: Loss, grief, pregnancy

District/Organization: Lewis and Clark Graduate School

One of the most difficult losses a family can experience is the loss of a wished-for child. It is commonly sudden and unexpected, and the bereaved may be young and/or inexperienced in the process of grief.

Society’s expectation that this is simply a medical misfortune often stands in contradiction to the family’s experience of it being a death and a tragedy. Though we cannot diminish the pain that comes from this loss, we can minimize the roadblocks that may complicate parents’ grief.

In this workshop, presenter Pat Schweibert will:

-Describe how various types of child loss (age/cause) may affect family members, including parents, siblings, and grandparents;
-List special concerns that may affect parents;
-Identify how the myths of grief can make the bereaved family feel disenfranchised;
-Learn how to create safe places for parents to grieve;
-Understand how the death of a baby may impact future pregnancies;
-Describe ways to support persons experiencing this kind of grief.