We, the staff of Michigan Medicine, wish to extend our condolences to you on loss of your pregnancy. We hope this information will be helpful for you and your family throughout the many transitions that lie ahead. We are aware that families vary widely in how they experience pregnancy loss. For some it is the death of a son or daughter and the loss of a future. For others, it may solely be the loss of a pregnancy. No matter how you experience this loss, it is normal to feel many emotions.
This page is intended to provide information and support following a pregnancy loss. For information about the death of an adult visit Grief Support Following the Death of a Loved One on UofMHealth.org. For information about the death of a child, visit Grief Support Upon the Death of a Child on MottChildren.org.
Bereavement Resources at Michigan Medicine
The Pregnancy and Newborn Loss Support Group is for mothers, fathers, relatives, and friends — anyone affected by a miscarriage, stillbirth, termination for fetal anomaly, termination for maternal health, early infant death, or other loss.
Our group facilitators have experience with pregnancy and newborn loss and provide a setting where you can share your experiences, give and receive support, and learn to cope with feelings about your loss. Whether you choose to share with the group or just listen, you are encouraged to attend.
The Pregnancy and Newborn Loss Support Group traditionally meets in person but has transitioned to an on line virtual group during the COVID-19 Pandemic to continue to provide support and help connect those who have experienced a pregnancy or newborn loss.
When: 2nd Tuesday of every month, 6:30-8 p.m.
Where: Online; if you have a smartphone, please use the QR code below to access our support group registration link.
Questions: If you do not have access to a smartphone or for additional questions, please contact:
Groups are free, non-denominational, and registration is not necessary. This group is open to all. You do not have to be a Michigan Medicine patient to attend. Registration is required to receive the zoom link.
Cancellations: While not anticipated, if the group needs to be canceled for any reason (examples-lack of registration, ill facilitator), the group will be canceled by 2pm the day of the scheduled group. Those registered will receive a cancellation notice via email.
This list of books was compiled by the Mott Bereavement Committee, a multi-disciplinary team of Mott staff and families dedicated to supporting families and staff at the time of bereavement.
Mott staff, as well as parents who have experienced a loss, have carefully reviewed the books on this list. We want to express our deepest sympathy to families who have experienced a loss. We hope these recommended resources may bring you and your family some comfort.
View or download the PDF of the full recommended Grief Resources Reading List for Adults or the Recommended Grief Resources for Children and Teens.
- Empty Cradle, Broken Heart—Surviving the Death of Your Baby, by Deborah L. Davis, Ph.D.
- Healing your Grieving Heart after Miscarriage, by Alan Woelfelt, Ph.D.
- Healing your Grieving Heart after Stillbirth, by Alan Woelfelt, Ph.D.
- Miscarriage-A Shattered Dream, by Sherokee Ilse and Linda Hammer Burns
- Empty Arms-Coping with Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Infant Death, by Sherokee Ils
- Something Happened, by Cathy Blanford
- We Were Gonna Have a Baby, But We Had an Angel Instead, by Pat Schwiebert
The Office of Decedent Affairs (ODA) is part of the Michigan Medicine Department of Social Work. The ODA is the centralized point of contact at Michigan Medicine for ongoing questions and concerns before, during, and after the death of a loved one. The Children’s and Women’s Bereavement Program is part of ODA.