Still Missed is a support program designed to help parents cope with the devastating grief of losing a baby.
Parents who experience pregnancy loss from miscarriage, stillbirth, or newborn death can find it to be an extremely painful and lonely experience. Well-meaning family and friends may not completely understand their reactions and may not know the best ways to offer support.
Someone to Walk Beside You
As part of the Still Missed Program, an understanding and trained staff is available to those who have recently experienced the death of a baby. After the hospital stay, a member of the Still Missed staff follows up to see how the family is doing, both emotionally and physically. Our goal is to help parents find positive ways to cope and ultimately resolve feelings of grief. The Still Missed program offers:
- Trained, experienced counseling staff
- Support for the entire family – parents, children and grandparents
- Monthly parent support group
- Quarterly grandparent support group
- Quarterly Spanish-speaking parent support group
- Monthly support group for those facing subsequent pregnancy after loss
- Lending library of grief materials
- Opportunity to help parents feel less alone and better understand feelings of loss
- Opportunity for you to help others in your community work through similar experiences
- Annual memorial remembrance service
- Memorial garden
Still Missed Parent Support Group
Recently, this program has expanded to also include Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital. However, the program is open to anyone who feels they could benefit from the resources the program offers. You can join the group at any time and attend as many or as few sessions as you wish. The meetings are free and all information shared is confidential.
Date: Second Monday of each month
Time: 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Calandra room on the main floor of Tupper Hall, 119 North Oak Street, directly across from Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. The adjacent parking garage, designated for employees, may be used.
Still Missed Subsequent Pregnancy After Loss Parent Support Group
This group provides support and is a place to share coping strategies, relieve anxieties, and share hope as you move forward in a subsequent pregnancy after a loss.
Date: Third Monday of each month
Time: 7:30 to 9:00 pm
Location: Calandra Room of Tupper Hall, 119 N. Oak St. Hinsdale, Il 60521.
For more information on Still Missed, call 630-856-4497.
Resources for Dealing with Children's Grief
Learn more about children's grief and dealing with loss from Cathy R. Blanford, a Bereavement Counselor with the Still Missed program. Cathy's book, "Something Happened," is a great resource on pregnancy loss for both parents and children. Her second book, "My Baby Big Sister," is a book especially for children who were born subsequent to a pregnancy loss or infant death. This book will help with the confusion these children often experience when they learn about the baby who died before they were born.
Find Us on Facebook
Still Missed has a Facebook fan page which features updates on events and resources for grieving parents, as well as inspirational thoughts to encourage you on your journey. We also have a private Facebook group where you can meet other parents who have lost a child and have a place to process your experiences together. Please join us!