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Grief, in its many forms, is one of the most painful experiences that anyone can suffer, and every year it is experienced by thousands of Australian families. Our thoughts and sympathies are with you and your family if your child or children have died.
Professionals should be able to recognise and respond appropriately to bereaved families' varied emotional needs when a child dies or when children are bereaved of someone important in their life; we encourage you to contact your local health professional for additional support.
AMBA has two downloadable leaflets that have been written by bereaved parents.
- Helping the Grieving Mother leaflet has been prepared by a bereaved multiple birth parent to offer suggestions to answer the question of "What can I do to help a member/friend who has experienced one or more of her babies dying?"
- The Grieving Couples leaflet has been prepared for parents who have experienced bereavement. It was written by a bereaved parent and is is intended for couples who have lost one or more of their babies or children.
AMBA launches the Purple Butterfly initiative
to help bereaved families with twins, triplets or more.
Always your child - A downloadable booklet written by and for parents whose baby or young child has died suddenly or unexpectedly.
Support for parents who experience a miscarriage - downloadable brochure.
YGOH Twinless Bereavement Support Group - a Facebook group.
‘Sam and Finn’ was written by the author for her surviving twin son, Finn, it is a book designed for all children and families who have experienced the devastating death of a twin, sibling or child. The book explains, in simple and gentle terms, the many ways that a loved one still lives within us, even though they have passed away. It is a story of hope. Customised version, personalised with your own names can be ordered: http://personalisedchildlossbook.com/.
A Mother's story about losing a triplet to SIDS - “Some days we just want to be held and told it’s OK to cry”
Support for the supporter - A great article for anyone helping someone experiencing grief.
Life after my blessings went to Heaven - A blog from a mum of twin boys who died.
Bereavement Support Services
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Association [www.sidsandkids.org]
Stillbirth And Neonatal Death Support [www.sidsandkids.org] [merged with SANDS]
The Centre for Loss In Multiple Birth [www.climb-support.org]
- loss of all babies
- loss of a twin
- loss of a triplet, quadruplet, quintuplet
- CLIMB's selective reduction information and a Mother to one: support for women and their choices
Twinless Twins - This support group exists to help twins who have lost their twin.
Pillars of Strength - A support network for Dads of children in NICU, hospital, and Dads who have lost a child.
Miracle Babies - Loss of your twin or triplet baby.
Bears of Hope - Provides support and care for families who experience the loss of their baby.
The information contained on this website is not a substitute for personal, medical, psychiatric or psychological advice and readers are urged to consult their health care professional for specific problems and questions.