Losing a child is one of the most devastating things that can happen to a family; the parents often feel as if they can’t survive the death. The HEAL (Help Endure a Loss) Program is available to assist families by offering comfort and reassurance in dealing with a loss of this magnitude.
Whether it’s a miscarriage, stillbirth, or neonatal or childhood death, HEAL team members—which include Registered Nurses specially trained in bereavement support, as well as volunteers with grief support experience—help families deal with the many issues that accompany such a loss. A chaplain is available for baptism of any infant if requested by the family.
The HEAL Program works to provide emotional support while attending to the logistics that surround memorializing a child. The program has many facets:
- HEAL representatives work with funeral homes, cemeteries, and local clergy to help coordinate funeral and burial or cremation arrangements, and they may be able to offer financial assistance for these services if needed.
- HEAL staff members act as liaisons between families and physicians and can often help family members have a better understanding of medical terms and diagnoses surrounding the death. HEAL will provide clothing items, blankets, and a collection of special mementos, as well as photos and other personalized items at the family’s request.
- HEAL representatives help parents with miscarriages by providing educational information and support about this often unsupported type of loss. A dedicated location has been created in a local cemetery with a committal service held annually for babies lost through miscarriage.
All HEAL services are offered free of charge and are intended for any family within the community who has experienced the death of a child.
For more information about HEAL support services or other issues surrounding the death of a child, please contact the HEAL office at (513) 705-4056 or via e-mail at SGYoung@AtriumMedCenter.org.