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For Friends and Family of Bereaved Parents

Dear Family,
This poem by Dr. Ruth Hitchcock expresses the condolences felt by staff here at The Children’s Hospital at Providence:
I can’t say anything that will make things better,
but I can be there with you and share your anger,
the pain, and the bewilderment.
Most of all, I can let you know that I care
and that I won’t abandon you.
From: “A collection of Letters to Bereaved Parents.” Published by the Centering Corporation: Omaha, Neb.

Children's Hospital Bereavement Council
The Children's Hospital at Providence has an active Bereavement Council composed of parents, physician, nursing and support leaders. Together, we developed an integrated program supporting families who experience the loss of a pregnancy, infant or child in the hospital.
In addition, we support community-led initiatives that assist families after discharge from the hospital.  We recommend families use the services of:
• Parents Reaching Out, for losses during pregnancy and
  at birth
• Compassionate Friends, for losses of a child at any age
• C.L.I.M.B., for losses of one or more infants or children in
  a multiple birth
• The Forget-Me-Not Center, a program affiliated with
   Hospice of Anchorage to help children as survivors of a
   loved one.
We are grateful to community groups who wish to support the efforts of the children's hospital by creating quilts, hand-stamped cards and folders, bereavement gowns, etc.  Please contact our Child Life Services at 907-212-3014 if interested in supporting the Children's Hospital Bereavement Council with donations of time, talents or other resources.
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If you would like information on the Bereavement Council and its services, call 907-212-3344. To find general information and specific health topics, visit our online health library.
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