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Infant Death

we are sorry this happened to you; we’re here to help

Bewilderment and numbness characterize most parents’ reactions to their child’s death. Often times the baby’s death cannot be explained by an obvious cause resulting in many couples blaming each other or themselves. After the death of an infant, the effects are felt across the entirety of the family unit. It is common for you to think your life has lost its meaning. You don’t see how you can put one foot in front of the other, much less survive this loss. You’ll never “recover” from your loss but you will find ways to cope and heal. You may never be the same person you were before your child died. It may be hard to believe now, but in time and with the hard work of grieving (and there’s no way around it), you will one day think about the good memories of when your child lived rather than the bad memories of how your child died. You will even smile and, yes, laugh again someday– as hard to believe as that may seem.

normal reactions to the death of an infant

When someone close to you tragically dies, it is normal for you to experience a wide range of emotions. At first you may feel in shock. It may be hard to come to terms that your loved one is gone. It is normal to experience insomnia, loss of appetite, headaches, panic attacks, flashbacks, nightmares, hopelessness or the inability to concentrate. You may also experience anger, denial, confusion and frustration and begin to blame yourself.

This was NOT your fault.

You will travel at your own rate in the recovery process while it often feels as if the world around you goes back to normal very quickly. Victim Assistance Program advocates are specially trained to help you navigate through these emotions and prepare you and your family for what will be considered your “new normal.”

we would like to stand by your side

Victim Assistance Program has helped thousands of individuals who have experienced a situation similar to yours. We would like to continue to stand by your side and provide you with support, education, and information to help you navigate through what may be the worst experience of your life. When a loved one dies suddenly, you are bombarded with many decisions that need to be made in a small amount of time. Our advocates can help you coordinate funeral arrangements and police involvement, assist with how to handle the media, accompany you to court, discuss financial compensation, assist in applying for the VINE offender notification system, connect you with community resources, help coordinate emergency shelter, and provide crisis intervention and trauma therapy.

Victim Assistance Program helps all individuals regardless of their age, sex, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, ability to speak English, or disability.

Please know you don’t have to go through this alone, we are here to help. All you need to do is call, we never charge a fee for services.