Empty Cradle is a peer support group for parents who have experienced the loss of their baby due to miscarriage, stillbirth, TFMR, infant death, SIDS or SUID. Our goal is to offer bereaved families support via a resource parent network, through monthly meetings, written materials and partnership with the health care community. For information about our monthly meetings please visit our Support Meetings.
The death of a baby is one of life's most devastating experiences. It leaves parents feeling shocked, disoriented and heartbroken. This grief reaction is a powerful and complex emotional response to the loss of a beloved child. Often, the friends and family of the bereaved parent may have difficulty understanding the depth of the sorrow or the length of time needed to deal with the pain. For this reason, grieving can be very lonely.
There are other parents, however, who have faced a similar sorrow. Assisting families through the normal grieving process is why Empty Cradle exists. Through sharing, reading, and listening, the newly bereaved come to understand that their feelings are natural, thus giving them a sense of direction and hope. The grief then begins to ease, allowing healing to begin.
Empty Cradle volunteers are not professional counselors, although we do count professionals among our number. We are comprised entirely of bereaved parents, all of whom choose to volunteer with the hope of helping others who also grieve.