The Parent Bereavement Booklet provides parents with the Bereavement Card (shown to the right) they’ll use during office visits to identify themselves as bereaved parents, and initiate sensitive clinic attention. The front of the card clearly states that the patient has experienced a baby loss, and the back gives you easy tips to make their follow-up appointment less stressful.
It includes 12 pages of information not usually provided by hospitals, which helps parents maneuver through the difficult months following a loss.
The booklet works best when given to bereaved parents at the hospital before discharge, or is mailed to them prior to their postpartum office visit. Each 5X8 booklet includes:
• A Bereavement Wallet Card & instructions on its use • Tips to prepare for the postpartum visit after a loss • Questions to discuss with your physician • “Helping Yourself Heal” (topics discussed)
Allow Yourself to Mourn
Realize Your Grief is Unique
Allow Yourself to Feel Numb
Talk About Your Grief
This Death is "Out-of-Order"
Expect to Feel a Multitude of Emotions
Be Tolerant of Your Physical & Emotional Limits
Watch Out for Cliches
Develop a Support System
Gather & Embrace Your Treasure of Memories
Move Toward Your Grief and Heal
• Helpful Books & Websites • “The Trick to Healing is Feeling” • Ways to Honor Your Child • “A Year of Firsts” article • “How Your Words Complicate My Grief” • Notes (blank page for note-taking during office visits)