Soundwaves Perinatal Bereavement Support

Bereavement Support For Parents Grieving the Loss of a Baby During or Just After Pregnancy

About Soundwaves Author Claudia December 31, 2008

Hello-
Welcome to my blog- Soundwaves. I am a housewife, mother and former elementary school teacher. I started this blog because I would like to reach out to people who have experienced the loss of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or death right after birth.  I suffered two miscarriages and gave birth to stillborn twin sons due to twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome.  I now happily have two live sons ages 8 and 6.

I have been RTS trained as a bereavement support person. I volunteer for the Hygeia Foundation on its Parent Board and facilitate Hygeia support meetings for grieving parents. Although I am not a professional counselor, I  hope my posts will help women and families  who have suffered the loss of a baby find solice and perhaps a sense of hope for the future. 

Take Care-
Claudia

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6 Responses to “About Soundwaves Author Claudia”

  1. Teresa Says:

    Hello Claudia
    I am in the process of planning a retreat for women who have suffered miscarriages. Mine was about 7 years ago and it is still fresh. I was hoping I could speak with you to get some of your thouights on what I could do to best help the women who attend.
    I hope to hear from you and thank you.
    Teresa

    • Claudia Says:

      Hi Teresa
      Sorry it took me so long to get back to you on this, and I’m also so sorry to hear of your miscarriage. Love never dies- perhaps that’s why we feel pain for our children long after they are gone.

      I hope the following information is helpful to you for your retreat:

      As you know, women often feel very alone after a miscarriage. We are taught not to speak about our early pregnancies for fear that a miscarriage will happen. Just being able to talk with people who have gone through the same experience in a safe, caring environment can bring great relief to bereaved parents. Give participants time to share, and to validate each other’s grief. Also, journaling on a specific topic and sharing those written thoughts together can be very cathartic.

      You might want to also include some “hands-on” activities for those who attend. Here are just a few ideas for participants to create something tangible to remember their babies:
      – make a piece of jewelry
      – have participants create a scrapbook page (or many)
      – paint a candle holder (see below) and ask participants to all light their candles at the some time once they get home a few days after the retreat
      – decorate a clay pot for a plant or flower (see below).

      Candle holder: In our support groups,we’ve decorated small glass hurricane lamp candle holders. You can buy pens in different colors that write on glass in any craft store.
      Clay pot: We’ve decorated medium sized clay pots that you can find in any home improvement store or flower nursery. Again, you can find paints and/or pens that are made just for pottery in the craft stores. Plant a forget-me-not or other plant or flower that has significance.

      This website on miscarriage has a lot of great information: http://theamethystnetwork.org/articles/ The informative articles are all written by bereaved parents and the section entitled “Topics” is particularly good. Perhaps you can find some other ideas for your retreat there.

      I hope this helps and good luck!

      Claudia

  2. Kate Santich Says:

    Claudia — I am a reporter at the Orlando Sentinel in Florida and am hoping to reach you as soon as possible for a story I’m writing on this subject. Please email me at ksantich@orlandosentinel.com. Thank you — Kate Santich

  3. Rose Carlson Says:

    Hi Claudia,
    My name is Rose Carlson, and I work for an organization called Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, Inc. Part of my job is seeking articles for our bi-monthly newsletter and our blog. I am wondering if you would be interested in allowing me to print a blog post of yours titled “Waves of Grief” in our upcoming issue on dealing with the holidays? Here is a link to our online newlsetter if you would like to check it out before giving me your answer.

    http://www.nationalshare.org/newsletter.html

    Thank you for your time and consideration.
    Warmly,
    Rose Carlson

  4. Kathy Fowler Says:

    Hi Claudia, My name is Kathy Fowler and I am a nurse and facilitator for a Perinatal Loss Support Group for our hospital. I mail out a monthly newsletter to our parents and I am always looking for helpful information on certain topics. I was wondering if you would allow me to use some parts of your blog on Dealing With Anger for this month’s newsletter? Thank you for posting this site! I know you are helping so many parents out there!

    • Claudia Says:

      Hi Kathy- Yes, please feel free to use what you need! Thank you, and bless you for doing the work that you do! Claudia


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