Share Grief Support helps families deal with loss, grief, stillbirth or newborn death
The mission of Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, Inc. is to serve those whose lives are touched by the tragic death of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or newborn death.
The primary purpose is to provide support toward positive resolution of grief experienced at the time of/or following the death of a baby. This support encompasses emotional, physical, spiritual and social healing, as well as sustaining the family unit.
The secondary purpose of Share is to provide information, education, and resources on the needs and rights of bereaved parents and siblings. The objective is to aid those in the community, including family, friends, employers, members of the congregation, caregivers and others in their supportive role.
The goal is to treat infants with respect and dignity, no matter how small.
Families are offered support through the Grief Support Group. Check our calendar for specific times and dates.
If parents choose, they may have photographs of their infant and even plaster castings made of the baby's feet. Volunteers make baby garments, in which the child may be buried or the parents can keep.
Mothers who suffer an early miscarriage receive a pin of two tiny feet, that are the exact size and shape of an unborn baby's feet at 10 weeks.
History of Share Grief Support
Share began in the fall of 1977 at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Ill. Today, its national headquarters is located on the campus of St. Joseph Health Center in St. Charles, Missouri.
Southeast founded its Share program Feb, 14, 1985, and has helped many families since that time. The local Share counselors have developed a package of information for families, containing a memory book, pamphlets and soft-bound books, geared to each particular loss. There are even books geared to siblings affected by the loss.
For more information about Share Grief Support, contact Gayle Unverfeth at 573-651-5560.
For more information and support for those whose lives are touched by the tragic death of a baby through early pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or in the first few months of life, visit http://www.nationalshare.org/
E-mail the local chapter with questions or comments