Perinatal Bereavement

At the Mount Sinai Health System, we provide spiritual, religious, and culturally sensitive bereavement services for families experiencing losses with pregnancy, infancy, or childhood – at any time following a loss. We are also here to help you if you are having a medical termination of your pregnancy. Our staff will carefully guide you through the grieving process.

When a pregnancy ends in loss or a young child dies, you, your partner, and your family may experience fear, isolation, anger, confusion, and depression. Emotional reactions are natural, and we all grieve differently. 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 visit a support group to meet with others who are also coping with similar losses. Our Perinatal 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

Our services are free of charge and include:

  • Individual, couple, and family support and counseling
  • Guidance 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 in English and in Spanish 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 early childhood
  • Mother's Day service to honor mothers who have lost children
  • Phone-based counseling for individuals or couples with distance or scheduling hardships

Social workers with the Perinatal Bereavement program are also willing to assist in creating mementos in the form of footprints, lock of hair, 35mm pictures and are available to provide a review of burial options and bereavement reading resources.

Where We Provide Services 

Mount Sinai’s perinatal bereavement program operates out of the Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai Beth Israel, where we provide services in person. In addition, we also offer counseling and support throughout the Mount Sinai Health System hospitals, using social media and distance technologies.

Funding Sources

The Perinatal Bereavement program at The Mount Sinai Hospital exists in part due to the support of the Rex Larsen Weinstein Perinatal Bereavement Counseling fund and donations from individuals and families. Gregg and Stacey Weinstein started The Rex Larsen Weinstein Perinatal Bereavement Counseling Fund in loving memory of their late son. Today, The Mount Sinai Hospital Auxiliary Board provides funding for the program to help reach grieving families throughout the Mount Sinai Health System.