Support for Bereaved Parents
Please always contact the organization directly to verify the day, time and location of the support groups/events.
Angel Gowns – Capital Region, NY
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“Angel Gowns-Capital Region, NY” is a volunteer group based in Albany, NY helping parents who have suffered the loss of a baby by providing burial gowns for their babies. We are ALL UNPAID VOLUNTEERS and rely on donations of time, energy and supplies to carry out our mission. We hope to alleviate further stress on a family who is already suffering the loss of their loved one. Our angel gowns are made from donated wedding gowns, First Communion dresses and other donated fabrics and are transformed into “angel gowns” by our special seamstresses. We offer these gowns for babies weighing under one pound up to (approximately) 13 pounds. Gowns are ALWAYS FREE OF CHARGE to the families who need them.”
Angel Names Association
Mission “When a child dies, at any age, the family suffers intense pain and may feel hopeless and isolated. The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family.”
Albany on the 3rd Tuesday every month at 7:30pm
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 85 Chestnut St., Albany
Jan Messina 518-439-0346
Kathleen Kelleher 518-439-1114
Saratoga on the 1st Tuesday of every month at 7:30 pm
Wesley Health Center Care Activities Room, Lawrence St.
Gabby Gravelle 518-596-4275
Schenectady on the 1st Wednesday every month
St. Kateri Library, 1803 Union St.
John Powers 518-399-2492
JoAnn Bomeisl 518-372-8215
EASE (Empty Arms Support Effort)
Our Goals: Sharing insight and information with other bereaved parents can help you cope with feelings of isolation, depression, anger, guilt, and uncertainty about future pregnancies. As an organization of parents who have lost children due to miscarriage, stillbirth, infant death or ectopic pregnancy,
We meet the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 7:00pm- 8:30 pm at the Ronald McDonald House (139 South Lake Ave) in Albany.
For more information contact:
Shannon Bensalah, phone # 518-331-9645, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cara Korn, phone # 518-248-2646, Carlskydog@aol.com
Becky Fuller, phone # 518-429-3533, email@example.com
Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/UpstateEASE
Recognizing that each person grieves differently, this support group provides families who have experienced an infant loss through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, or newborn death, with the opportunity to explore ways to work through their grief. While each person’s grief is unique, many find strength and healing through sharing with others who have experienced a similar loss. After the Loss meets in the Conference Center at the McClellan Street Health Center at 600 McClellan Street in Schenectady.
KindNest: Pregnancy Empowerment
1 Rosell Drive, Ballston Lake, NY 12019
PALS (Pregnancy After Loss Support)
There are 13 private Facebook groups:
- Pregnancy After Loss Support Group
- Trying To Conceive After Loss Support Group
- Parenting After Loss Support Group
- Pregnancy After Loss Support Group for Dads
- Pregnancy After First Trimester Loss
- Pregnancy After Second Trimester Loss
- Pregnancy After Third Trimester Loss
- Pregnancy After Infant and Child Death
- Pregnancy After TFMR Support Group – You must apply to join
- Pregnancy After Loss with No Living Children
- Pregnancy After Loss of a Multiple
- Pregnancy After Loss Family Support Group – Grandparents, Partners, & Friends
- Pregnancy After Infertility and Loss
- Newly Bereaved
For more information about the PALS Meet up group in Albany, NY. Please contact Shawnte LaTour at PALSMeetUpAlbany@gmail.com
Project: Cameron’s Story
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“The mission of Project: Cameron’s Story is to support the bonding of parents with their premature babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), through the use of children’s literature and storytelling. We strive to empower parents to form unique and profound connections with their babies within an environment that is often uncertain and intimidating. Our mission is to place a brand new, quality, children’s book in the hands of every parent of a premature baby upon admission to the NICU.”
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“Sasha’s Run 5K run/walk & kids race was organized by the parents of Sasha Hudson White, a beautiful boy, who lived for only 24 days before suddenly passing away on Christmas Eve in 2016.”
“Although Sasha’s Run was first organized in honor of our son, Sasha, this event has quickly became about many other babies and children, who left this world before their time, and about their parents. We adopted the superhero theme in order to honor all parents who had to say a final excruciating good bye to their child — because it takes superhero strengths to go on without your child.”
Shades of Light
Capital Area resource offering postpartum support for new mothers and their families.
Perinatal Bereavement Support Group – CARES: Compassion, Aftercare, Resources, Education, and Support
Participants: Parents experiencing perinatal loss (miscarriages, ectopic pregnancies, stillbirth, early infant death).
Location & Time: Meetings are held the first Thursday of every other month (i.e. odd numbered months) at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel at St. Peter’s Hospital, 315 South Manning Boulevard, Albany, NY. The chapel is located on the ground floor between the ER entrance and the Main entrance.
Contact: 518-525-1388 for time and location
Rock and Walk for Babies was held at the Crossings of Colonie on Saturday, September 21, 2019
A Beautifully Burdened Life by Jenny Albers – Click here to follow on Facebook
An Unexpected Family Outing – Click here to follow on Facebook
I Am A Mother to an Angel – Click here to follow on Facebook
Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep – Click here to follow on Facebook
Still Standing Magazine – Click here to follow on Facebook