The death of a child is devastating for families and communities. Whether the death is anticipated or sudden and unexpected, survivors are traumatized. The grief following a death can be intense and prolonged. Parents and many others are deeply affected and navigating the complexities going forward is overwhelming.
We are so very sorry for your loss. Please know you are not alone and we are here to support you through the difficult times ahead. If you would like to speak to someone or be contacted by our team, please call 920-561-1600 OR 952-715-7731, Ext 5 or email [email protected]. You may also call our Grief Support Line at 952-715-7731, ext 1.
In January 2023, Star Legacy Foundation created the Wisconsin Center for Stillbirth and Infant Death. This is a statewide program that provides a framework for early referral and intervention when a baby dies in Wisconsin. Eligible families are those who live in Wisconsin and experience the death of a baby through stillbirth, neonatal death, SUID/SIDS, or any other infant death. The Center is Wisconsin’s resource for information on strategies to reduce the risk for stillbirth and infant death. We provide comprehensive answers to frequently asked questions, as well as grief resources, funeral assistance and support for bereaved families.
The Wisconsin Center for Stillbirth and Infant Death is funded in part by grants from the Wisconsin Department of Health and numerous individual donors. All services provided by the Wisconsin Center for Stillbirth and Infant Death are free to bereaved families.
The Wisconsin Center for Stillbirth and Infant Death will contact each family and offer the services of our Family Support Coordinators. These individuals are health professionals who have expertise in caring for families after the death of a baby. They can listen, provide information, ensure families have access to appropriate resources, and minimize barriers to quality bereavement care. Family Support Coordinators can continue to be a contact person for the entire family for the months to come.
Each family situation will be assessed to determine which resources could be helpful or are desired. Examples include information, birth planning, books/blogs/podcasts/websites, counseling/therapy, support groups, support line, bereavement photography, spiritual or cultural support, funeral homes, financial assistance, and peer support.
We also offer live, online support groups for parents after a stillbirth or neonatal death, parents after infant death or SUID/SIDS, fathers, and grandparents. All groups are facilitated by trained professionals who have experience with these tragic deaths.
Families may be referred to the Wisconsin Center for Stillbirth and Infant Death at any time, but ideally as soon as possible after the baby’s death. Families can contact us directly, or referrals can be made by their health professionals, Department of Health, public health departments, medical examiners, employers and co-workers, clergy, funeral homes or family, friends or neighbors. To start a referral click here or call 920-561-1600 OR 952-715-7731, Ext 5 or email [email protected]. If the family is non-English speaking, please advise us at the time of referral.
Please note: we will make every attempt to reach individuals referred in 48-72 hours. If immediate contact is indicated/requested please call the support line at 952-715-7731, x 1
The Wisconsin Center for Stillbirth and Infant Death also provides continuing education workshops for health professionals throughout the state. Please contact us for a list of upcoming events, potential topics, or information about bringing a workshop to your area. We are also willing to provide presentations for community, philanthropic, or other local groups.