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Bereavement Support Services

Critical Program Function: To link parents, families and caregivers to support services and ensure access to quality bereavement care.

Program staff may:

  • Develop and disseminate information on bereavement service availability and facilitate utilization.
  • Provide bereavement support services to families affected by the death of an infant or young child including SIDS, miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, termination, stillbirth and neonatal death.
  • Provide or foster culturally- and linguistically-appropriate staff, resources, materials and communication for bereavement support.
  • Improve the provision of bereavement services to minority and underserved families by supporting the development of new organizational relationships, materials and program models.
  • Ensure the quality and expand the availability of in-service training in bereavement support for professionals and paraprofessionals who may interact with families who experience infant death.
  • Monitor and evaluate bereavement support services. Services should be provided regardless of gender, race, religion, culture, language, age or sexual orientation.