While the COVID-19 pandemic is pausing many aspects of life, some things unfortunately go on: every day, more parents experience a stillbirth, miscarriage, or infant loss. And for many of us, the grief we are already experience continues. What is already an isolating experience is exacerbated by social distancing.
In an effort to continue our mission of offering information, support, and comfort, we plan to continue an online version of what is typically our in-person support group. The meeting link will only be provided after registration, which means you'll need to register again each month to continue attending. This helps keep attendance private and secure.
MIS Share (Miscarriage, Infant loss, and Stillbirth) is a parent-led support network founded in 1981 to offer information, support, and comfort to grieving parents who have experienced the death of their baby during pregnancy, or after birth.
We have a monthly support-group meeting in Falls Church, VA that offers a compassionate, comforting, and safe environment in which parents are free to share thoughts, feelings, and experiences with other parents who truly understand. From this mutual experience, at times, lifelong friendships are formed.
Any time is the right time to contact MIS—whether you just experienced a loss last week, 20 years ago, or are a loved one supporting a parent struggling with their loss.
Most of our area hospitals sponsor perinatal memorial services which are open to anyone. Both MedStar Washington and VHC are holding theirs on Oct 2nd. Fairfax's is later in the month, on the 23rd. View the calendar for details including whether you need to RSVP, because some are assigning times this year.
Some of our own MIS parents participated in a local CBS story aired on wUSA9, with Laura Geller:
Sometimes we discuss articles, events, or other resources. Here's where to find links to those items: