Parenting After Loss?

This journey is not easy. Our team and some of our volunteers are also parenting after loss. We can relate to your experience of wondering who your little one would’ve been. Would they have gotten along with their sibling? What would have been their favourite toy, colour or foods?  You might be reading this asking yourself “how do I parent both my living and non-living children?” or “how do I answer their questions about how their sibling died?” We have been where you are. We are here to support you on your path toward healing.

Below is a list of healing resources that our team members have accessed, or wish that they had access to, after their loss.

  • Find a loss mentor who can relate to your experiences of parenting after loss.  We train and match mentors to mentees who are looking to develop a meaningful relationship. Ideally, each person is looking forward to learning from each others experiences after loss. 
  • Connect in real-time with other bereaved parents from our community who have walked this path. Our pregnancy loss support line is accessible seven days a week, 9am-11pm MST. Our volunteers have also experienced loss and are trained to listen to you and honour your journey through parenthood. 
  • Join our peer groups. Our groups are facilitated by mental health professionals and people who have also experienced loss. Join us once or twice a month to connect with others along your journey.  We recommend joining the grieving with living children group if you are parenting a living child after loss.
  • Book a session with our mental health practitioners to take care of your mental, emotional and spiritual health throughout your grief journey. Sessions are designed to meet you wherever you are along your journey. During sessions you will develop tools to help you navigate life after loss.
  • Book a somatic healing session with one of our practitioners. These services focus on healing your physical body and include reflexology, acupuncture, yoga or an appointment with our registered Midwife, Tamara for a post-loss assessment. All somatic sessions are virtually facilitated at this time.
  • Read our blog post about how you can create a ritual to remember your baby. Developing a ritual after loss may help you remember and care for your baby and your wellness.

NOTE: This document is part of our FREE Resources collection. To see our other FREE Resources, visit this page.

(If you see an error on this document or have additional info that we could include, please contact us and let us know.)

First Time to our Site?

We are PILSC.org (Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Centre). We are a registered charity in Calgary, Canada whose mission is to connect people who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss to comprehensive and inclusive support offerings through each phase of the journey.

Our Centre connects bereaved families to the community, peer support groups, traditional and alternative healing supports, and educational opportunities.

If this is your first time on our website, we urge you to start here or here to begin your healing journey. If you like, we are also available on live chat 7 days a week here.