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Parents With Hope

Finding a balance between holding on and letting go is one of life's greatest
challenges for parents who have lost a child.



Ponte Vedra Valley is hosting a support group for parents who are suffering from the devastating loss of a child.

Our goal for Parents With Hope is to provide a support system in an informal setting for parents who are facing each new day without their child. We are here to help with grief support after the death of a child. The group will be led by other parents in our community who have been forced to live with this unexpected loss and now feel the desire to reach out and provide contact with other grieving parents. It is the single desire of our group to provide a place of comfort and strength by sharing our stories, our pain and our laughter as well as our tears with others who can relate.

Sessions are planned for once a month, but we are flexible if more meetings are desired.

Our support group will be offered free of charge and registration is not required.

If you are interested in joining our group or if you have any questions about Parents With Hope,
please contact:

Jacqueline Headrick
Ponte Vedra Valley
4750 Palm Valley Road Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
904-285-1130 or 904-704-0036

Jacque@pontevedravalley.com

Live with Hope for not only today but tomorrow.



Grief Support After the Death of a Child

Our meetings are currently scheduled for the first Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm, with flexibility if more meetings are desired.
January 7, 2014
February 4, 2014
March 4, 2014
April 1, 2014
May 6, 2014
June 3, 2014
July 1, 2014
August 5, 2014
September 2, 2014
October 7, 2014
November 4, 2014
December 2, 2014




Death of a Child

Websites
Below is a list of resources available on the internet. The majority come from the Compassionate Friends website
  • www.compassionatefriends.org
    The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive.
  • www.compassionconnection.org
    We are not professionals. We are not a substitute for pastoral care. We are people like you who have been through a loss. Many professionals have articles on Compassion Connection. We also have available to us the greatest counselor, the Holy Spirit, and we honor His presence in our midst.
  • www.aarp.org
    Minister Forrest Church, son of former Sen. Frank Church, didn't expect to live until age 60. Dying from cancer, Church he feels grateful to be alive, and he spoke with AARP Radio about his belief
  • www.afsp.org
    The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide.
  • www.alivealone.org
    Alive Alone is an organization for the education and charitable purposes to benefit bereaved parents, whose only child or all children are deceased, by providing a self-help network and publications to promote communication and healing, to assist in resolving their grief, and a means to reinvest their lives for a positive future.
  • www.babysteps.com
    BabySteps is named after the baby steps that form the long and difficult road to recovery from the loss of a child. No parent, relative or friend is immune from the pain that results from the loss of a young loved one.
  • www.bereavedparentsusa.org
    Bereaved Parents of the USA's sole purpose for organizing this group was to offer support, understanding, encouragement and hope to other bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents after the death of their children, brother, sister or grandchildren. This purpose remains the thrust of BP/USA today.
  • www.comfortzonecamp.org
    Comfort Zone Camp is the nation’s largest bereavement camp. Comfort Zone Camps are offered free of charge to children ages 7-17 who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or primary caregiver.
  • www.griefhaven.org
    All specialists across the board agree-nothing compares to the death of a child. Parents quickly realize that losing a child is not a loss they will ever "get over," but rather a loss with which they will have to learn how to live for the rest of their lives. This is a long, life-altering journey that takes great strength, perseverance, and hope in order to make the journey.
  • www.pomc.com
    POMC® provides the on-going emotional support needed to help parents and other survivors facilitate the reconstruction of a "new life" and to promote a healthy resolution. Not only does POMC help survivors deal with their acute grief but also helps with the criminal justice system.
  • www.ehow.com
    A tragedy has struck your friends' family. Their child has died. You wonder what you can do to help them? These families need comfort and there are a few things you can do, that will show comfort during their grief.
  • www.misschildren.org
    The MISS Foundation is a 501 (c) 3, volunteer based organization committed to providing crisis support and long term aid to families after the death of a child from any cause. MISS also participates in legislative and advocacy issues, community engagement and volunteerism, and culturally competent, multidisciplinary, education opportunities.


Books


Books for Adults Dealing with the Loss of a Child
  • Abbott, Susan Shibley.
     Lessons For any parent who has lost a child to a terminal illness.
  • Bernstein, Judith.
    When the Bough Breaks: Forever After the Death of a Son or Daughter A sensitive exploration through the concept that parents donít recover from the loss of a child, they adapt. Offers ways to re-build your life.
  • Finkbeiner, Ann.
    After the Death of a Child: Living with Loss through the Years A comforting book that examines the continuing love a parent feels for their child and ways to preserve that bond even after death.
  • Fumia, Molly.
    Living Through the Grief of Miscarriage, Stillbirth or Infant Death Author chronicles the death of her son, while embracing the emotional journey of grief and healing.
  • Housden, Maria.
    Hannahís Gift A heartwarming and detailed account of a motherís grief. This is a beautifully written story about the impact that three year old Hannahís life and death has had and continues to have on a family and community that had to deal with a childís terminal cancer. A sensitive, realistic and descriptive book that describes the pain and suffering of death, dying and grief. Through one motherís journey, the reader will discover a newfound view of spirituality, truth, humor, hope and the special gifts of life and death.
  • Maurer, Linda.
    Standing Beside You- A Book for Bereaved Parent Hope and encouragement for the future. Deals with death of an only child.
  • McCracken & Semel.
    A Broken Heart Still Beats: After Your Child Dies A collection of writings exploring the death of a child, including works from Wm. Shakespear, Albert Camus, and Raymond Carver.
  • Mehren, Elizabeth.
    After the Darkest Hour, the Sun Will Shine Again A bereaved mother tells her story and the story of others. Describes grief as a transforming journey.
  • Rosof, Barbara.
    The Worst Loss: How families heal from the death of a child A practical book by a child psychotherapist who has worked with several bereaved families.
  • Schiff, Harriet.
    The Bereaved Parent A classic book written by a bereaved mother for parents whose child has died and for all who want to help them.
  • Wiitala, Geri.
    Heatherís Return: The Amazing Story of a Child's Communications from Beyond the Grave A sincere search for meaning after the loss of a child. Deals with religious questioning and the power of coincidence after the authorís daughter dies from a cancer-related infection.
  • Wolfelt, Alan.
    Healing a Parentís Grieving Heart- 100 Practical Ideas Compassionate advice and simple activities to help parents understand and reconcile their grief.

Books for Children Dealing with Death of a Sibling
  • Greene, Constance.
    Beat the Turtle Drum A thirteen year-old deals with the death of her sister.
  • Gryte, Marilyn.
    No New Baby For siblings who have a baby die before birth. Ages 4-8 years.
  • Johnson, Joy & Marv.
    Whereís Jess? A short, simple story to help children ages 2-5 years cope with infant sibling loss.
  • Rothman, Juliet.
    A Birthday Present for Daniel A young girl seeks to understand and validate her feelings after her brother dies.
  • Sims, Alicia.
    Am I still A Sister? An 11 year-old girl tells the story about her brother who died from brain cancer.
  • Temes, Roberta.
    The Empty Place A third graderís sister dies of a serious illness and bonds with his babysitter whose brother died in an accident. For ages: 7-12 years.
  • Turner, Barbara.
    A Little Bit of Rob A heart-warming story about a girlís brother who died. Deals with children trying to keep their grief-related feelings from their parents. Ages 5-9 years.
  • Yeomans, Ellen.
    Lost and Found A young girl searches for comfort and meaning after her sister dies.


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