Grief and bereavement:
Overview

We want Wisconsin families that experience an unexpected infant death to have access to grief support and bereavement resources.

 

In Wisconsin, more than 80 infants (on average) die unexpectedly each year. Families experiencing the death of a child enter into a lifelong process of grieving. The grief and bereavement journey is overwhelming and difficult if support is not available. Professional staff dedicated to helping families through this difficult journey is critical to the healing process.


Call us today for help with your grieving process.

 
View our Infant Death Center brochure. View directory of grief support by county. View our SIDS Facts brochure.
 

Our services

  • Bereavement support
    Grief support services are provided over the telephone by staff during the year following the infant death. Our staff collaborate with professionals and organizations to reach families and identify helpful resources.
  • Consultation with pediatric pathologist
    A pediatric pathologist from Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is available to consult with families and professionals to better understand the cause of death. The pathologist can discuss autopsy findings, medical examiner reports, test results and/or other information.
  • Community trainings
    Our staff provide resources, such as safe sleep materials, self-care guidance and bereavement articles to support families and professionals working with families.

Founded in 1980, the Infant Death Center (IDC) is a statewide program administered through Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin and affiliated with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. The IDC is funded through a Title V Maternal Child Health grant from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Children’s Hospital. Additional funding comes from our donors. Donations help us reach more families and increase our educational efforts around the prevention of infant deaths.

 

For more information, please contact Joanna O'Donnell, at (414) 337-4571.

Did you know...

Setting realistic goals and expectations of yourself will help to reduce stress and anxiety. It is okay to say "no", if you are not ready to participate in group outings or family functions. Give yourself space and time.

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