Perinatal and Pediatric Bereavement
Mount Sinai Health System provides bereavement services for families experiencing losses during pregnancy, infancy, or childhood – at any time following a loss. We are also here to help if you are having a medical termination of your pregnancy. Our Perinatal and Pediatric Bereavement staff will guide and support you through the grieving process.
When a pregnancy ends in loss or a young child dies, you, your partner, and your family may experience many emotions including fear, isolation, anger, confusion, and depression. If you already have a child or children, they, too, may also have different reactions to the loss depending on their age and/or their emotional stage of development.
Although some families benefit from handling a loss in private, you and your partner may want to join a support group to meet with others who are also coping with similar losses. Our Perinatal and Pediatric Bereavement Program can also help you if you choose to work individually or as a couple with a therapist specially trained to counsel people who are dealing with the loss of a pregnancy or child.
Services We Provide
The grieving process can feel overwhelming. Mount Sinai provides free services to help you get through this difficult time.
Our services include:
- Short term individual, couple, and family support and counseling
- Phone based counseling for individuals and couples with distance or scheduling hardships
- Information to help siblings of all ages cope with loss
- Education and guidance about the grieving process
- Assistance in developing healthy and effective coping strategies
- Support groups for individuals or couples dealing with stillbirth, miscarriage, and neonatal death
- Support groups for women and/or couples who have terminated a wanted pregnancy after prenatal diagnosis
- Mental health and other support referrals
- Facilitation of meaningful rituals sensitive to families' spiritual, cultural, and religious beliefs
- Annual service for families to remember those who were lost during pregnancy and childhood
- Parent’s Day service to honor parents who have lost children
- Wellness evenings and other special programming
Social workers and child life specialists with the Perinatal and Pediatric Bereavement program are willing to assist in creating mementos in the form of footprints, lock of hair, and photographs. We are also available to discuss burial options and bereavement reading resources.
Where We Provide Services
Mount Sinai’s perinatal and pediatric bereavement program operates out of the Mount Sinai Hospital, where we provide services in person. We also provide telephone counseling for patients with distance or scheduling hardships.
Our program is enhanced through grants and donations from individuals and families.