Healing Together

Healing Together is our grief support program. Whether you are a parent who has suffered a pregnancy, infant or child loss, a grandparent, friend or other acquaintance of someone who has suffered a loss, Healing Together can help. A real person is only a phone call away on our 24 Hour Support Hotline at 208.557.5371.

For Parents

Losing a child is a life-altering and heart-wrenching experience. As a parent, you will experience the full range of emotions: sorrow, anger, doubt, fear, guilt, and more. Please know that you are not alone, and that all these emotions are a normal part of the grieving process. In addition to the services we provide parents listed on the right, you may find some of these resources useful:

Following a Death

The Grieving Process

Down the Road

More Resources


For questions about any of these resources, please contact the main office at 206.548.9290 or support@nwsids.org

Grieving Families and Friends

For Grandparents

As a grandparent, you are coping with intense feelings of grief, not only for the grandchild you lost, but for the pain your own child is experiencing. We are here to help you as well. Family members are welcome to all of our support groups and special events. Attending these with your grieving child is a good way of building a network of family support. We can also send a grief packet to anyone who has lost a grandchild to SIDS and have a “peer companion” grandparent contact you to provide support in person, over the phone, or by email. Additional resources are listed below:

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Online Support

Two organizations, MISS Foundation and AGAST, have merged to support grieving families. If you are a bereaved grandparent and would like to receive a packet of information on dealing with your grief and helping your children and other grandchildren deal with theirs, send an email to info@missfoundation.org with the subject line “AGAST Packet Request.”
 
A forum exclusively for grandparents and run by MISS Foundation and AGAST. Click on “To go to forum boards…” at the bottom of the page.

For Other Family, Friends, & Coworkers

Uncertain how to help a grieving family member or friend? You may find reading through some of the resources on the “For Parents” page helps you gain an elementary understanding of what a parent experiences upon the sudden death of a previously healthy infant. If you would like more information, please give us a call. We can also present a “how to help” training for family, friends, or coworkers of a SIDS parent who are interested.

What Not to Say to Someone Suffering…
  • “I know how you feel.” (100% of respondents disliked this or any variation)
  • “It’s for the best.” (100%)
  • “Keep a stiff upper lip.” (98%)
  • “At least…”
  • “You should or shouldn’t”
  • “God doesn’t give you more than you can handle” (88%)
  • “It’s God’s will.” (93%)
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Support Referal

Do you know someone who needs our help?

If you know somebody, spouse, family member, friend, a co-worker who you think could benefit from our support programs please take a second to fill out the form below and let us know.  All referrals are confidential and there are no geographic limits. 

There are millions of us out there walking the long, never-ending road called child loss, let’s find each other and walk together.