Listed below are some of the trusted support services, providers and resources that we recommend.
Loss & grief support organisations
Red Nose, together with Sands
Red Nose helps save little lives through research and education, and support families affected by the death of a baby or child. With over 40 years’ experience supporting grieving individuals and families, Red Nose understands what you’re going through and is here to help.
Sands Australia are a self-help support group comprised of parents who have experienced the death of a baby. Now part of Red Nose, Sands continues to offer peer to peer support to parents, grandparents, friends and family.
Red Nose, together with Sands, offer help by:
- Listening to your story
- Helping you find ways to cope with grief
- Helping you navigate the anxiety of a subsequent pregnancy
- Giving you information on other support services
- Giving you guidance on how to support a friend or family member
You can access the Red Nose and Sands 24/7 Support Line on 1300 308 307.
Bears of Hope Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support
Bears of Hope is a provider of leading support and exceptional care for families who experience the loss of their baby, providing crucial information and guidance during their difficult time of loss and beyond.
You can reach them on 1300 114 673.
Mater Hospital (North Sydney) Support Group
The Mater Hospital offers a group for parents who have experienced the death of their baby. The group meets in order to give parents an opportunity to meet with others who have also experienced the shock, disbelief and deep sadness that accompany the death of baby.
The group is run by social workers Belinda Power and Deb de Wilde. Belinda and Deb offer a safe, nurturing environment in which parents can start to explore their feelings about the experience of their baby’s death and with the support, acceptance and friendship of other parents find their own path.
Meetings are held in the Conference Room of the Melanoma Poche Centre which is located opposite the Mater Hospital in Rocklands Road, North Sydney.
There is no charge to attend the group and all are welcome, irrespective of where their baby has been born.
If you would like to confirm your attendance, have questions or would simply like to talk about what happens at the group, please feel free to contact Deb on 0412 514 996 or email Deb at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Penthos provides free therapy for grieving couples.
They offer a specialised 16-week therapy program for couples whose grief is not resolving, and who are experiencing relationship difficulties, at least three months after the death of their child or loss of a pregnancy.
You can read more about Penthos’ free service here.
Pillars of Strength
Pillars of Strength provides timeout and support for bereaved dads and for dads with ill children in hospital.
Psychology services via a Medicare mental health plan through your GP
Talk to your doctor about a mental health care treatment plan.
If needed, the plan enables you to claim up to 20 sessions per calendar year with mental health professionals registered with Medicare including psychiatrists, psychologists, counsellors and social workers.
To find out more, visit Services Australia.
Baby loss and grief books, podcasts and other resources
My Baby's Voice
My Baby’s Voice is a collection of articles, podcasts and videos for bereaved parents. You can also purchase the book, You Could Have Been, by bereaved mother, social worker, and Stillbirth Australia Foundation ambassador, Ann-Maree Imrie.
Heart Space by Ami Summers is a self-directed, therapeutically reviewed coaching book designed to help families through all stages of loss. You can also find downloadable grief and loss resources on the site.
Beyond Blue provides resources, tools and support for those coping with grief and loss.
Grief and loss
- You don’t “move on” from grief by Nora McIrney
- Grief and Finding Meaning – Brene Brown and David Kessler
- Good Grief: Guru Singh on Grief and Loss – Rich Roll
- The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Mole By Charlie Mackesy
- Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stages of Grief by David Kessler
- When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron
- The Other Side of Sadness by George Bonanno
- I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye by Brook Noel & Pamela Blair
- The wild edge of Sorrow by Francis Weller
- Empty Cradle, Broken Heart by Deborah L. Davis
- The Baby Loss Guide by Zoe Clark-Coates
- Saying Goodbye by Zoe Clark-Coates
- Healing Your Grieving Heart After Stilbirth by Alan D. Wolfelt & Raelynn Maloney
- Mackenzie’s Mission by Rachael Casella
- Small Miracles: Coping with infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth by Rachel Stanfield-Porter
- Changed: Living with Stillbirth by Liza Jankowski
- Ask Me His Name by Elle Wright
- Miscarriage – series 1 by Wood Nails & Cotton
- Miles Apart by Annabel Bower
Baby loss for siblings or children
- Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales
- Loving What Is by Byron Katie
- Option B by Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant
Service providers or practitioners
- Psychology and/or individual or group counselling
- Meditation and yoga
- Health and fitness – following guidance from your doctor or medical practitioner.
- Intuitive spiritual guidance and chakra healing practices.
- Kinesiology – to help process emotions and trauma.
- Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) – perceptual, behavioural and communication techniques to help process emotions and trauma.
- Womb healing – external and non-invasive massage to your uterus and surrounding organs help restore energy flow.
- Engaging with celebrants or trained Death Walkers – to support bereaved families and create meaningful end of life practices or care.