What is Perinatal Hospice?


  • MISS Foundation Support Group Northern Virginia & Washington DC Chapter
  • MIS/Share (Miscarriage, Infant Death and Stillbirth) support groups. Virginia group -- Saint Luke's United Methodist Church, Falls Church, VA. Maryland group -- Holy Cross Resource Center, Silver Spring, MD. To obtain more information and/or to obtain group facilitator names and contact information, call the 24-hour information line 301-460-6222. Also available at that number -- contact information for the SPAL (Subsequent Pregnancy After a Loss) group and Spanish-speaking support contact information.
  • The Compassionate Friends - Arlington Chapter
  • The Compassionate Friends - Fairfax Chapter
  • The Compassionate Friends - Prince William County Chapter
  • SIDS Mid Atlantic Resource Guide - includes local grief support groups and counselors
  • Family Birth Place at Mary Washington Hospital. Contact: Perinatal bereavement coordinator Tammy Ruiz RN, (540) 741-3268. Fredericksburg, Virginia
  • Perinatal Concerns Program, Inova Fairfax Hospital. Contact: Kelly Vergot RN, (703) 776-6103. Falls Church, Virginia
  • Tepeyac Family Center Kristin Anderson Perinatal Hospice Program, (703) 273-9440, Fairfax, Virginia
  • Holy Cross Hospital perinatal hospice support. Silver Spring, Maryland

  • Crossings: Caring for Our Own at Death (Takoma Park, MD)
  • Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep (national network of no-cost infant bereavement photographers) - Find a Local Photographer
Birth Plans

The Do's and Don't of Grief Support

  • Holding On To Hope, Nancy Guthrie
  • Waiting with Gabriel: A Story of Cherishing a Baby's Life, Amy Kuebelbeck
  • Empty Cradle, Broken Heart: Surviving the Death of Your Baby, Deborah L. Davis
  • Fly Away Home: For Bereaved Parents who Turned Away from Aggressive Medical Intervention for Their Critically Ill Child, Deborah L. Davis
  • Loving and Letting Go: For Bereaved Parents who Decided to Turn Away from Aggressive Medical Intervention for Their Critically Ill Newborn, Deborah L. Davis
  • Stillbirth, Yet Still Born, Deborah L. Davis
  • Losing Malcolm, Carol Henderson
  • Experiencing Grief, H. Norman Wright
  • Spirit Babies: How to Communicate with the Child You're Meant to Have, Walter Makichen
  • Angels In My Heart, Kathleen Olowin
  • Mending Invisible Wings: Healing From the Loss of Your Baby, Mary Burgess
  • When Pregnancy Follows a Loss: Preparing for the Birth of Your New Baby, Joann M. O’Leary, PhD, Clare Thorwick, RN
    NOTE: Tammi has a copy of this book in her lending library
For Children
  • Always My Twin, Valerie R. Samuels
  • Isabelle’s Dream: A Story and Activity Journal for a Child’s Grief Journey, BB Arenella
  • Something Happened: A Book for Children and Parents who have Experienced Pregnancy Loss, C. Blanford
  • Where’s Jess? For Children Who Have a Brother or Sister Die, M. Johnson
  • Gentle Willow: A Story for Children About Dying, J.C. Mills
  • We Were Gonna Have a Baby, But We Had an Angel Instead, P. Schwiebert
For Fathers
  • A Guide for Fathers: When a Baby Dies, Tim Nelson
For Grandparents
  • Forgotten Tears, a Grandmothers Journey through Grief, Nina Bennett
  • Grandparents Cry Twice: Help for Bereaved Grandparents, Mary Lou Reed
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