This first site is called SISS or Stillborn Infant Support Service. They
are based in Australia but there are many helpful resources and supports
listed here. This link gives you a little bit of history as well as one
scary statistic: "...in Australia alone, one in three pregnancies
will result in miscarriage, stillbirth, or death shortly after birth."
This site is run by Jen Mountney who sometimes writes articles and poems
here at KotaPress. Jen has done amazing work in memory of her daughter
Amy Dawn, and she shares many wonderful writings and support resources
at her website Hello, Goodbye: A site for those who have lost a baby.
She offers some wonderful ideas for raising awareness, for coping with
the holidays, for remembering our babies.
Violent Crime Victim Services is a small agency run by Lew Cox. He has
several books available about grief and healing and the website was set
up to help families after the loss of a loved one due to a violent crime.
John Purrington who is a therapist here on Vashon said of Lew's books,
"These are three of the best booklets on handling grief that I have
seen." We hope this website and all the resouces Lew is offering
here will be of help for people looking for resources to help deal with
acute grief. His "Letter to Survivors" spoke to my heart and
overwhelmed me. I think you'll find good support here.
That's the low down for this month. More coming next month...
Miracles to you!
Kara lives on Vashon Island which is a much more
awesome place than she ever imagined it would be. She is a poet, bookmaker,
wife, teacher, mother to a stillborn son, facilitator, receptionist, founder,
struggling p.t.barnum, turtle faithful, editor, artist, and a million
other things that will prevent you from putting her in any one particular
label box! Kara teaches through local art centers, artists in the schools
programs, KotaPress and independently. To find out more about her, see:
And her class Expanding Poetry is now available
in an online format from CourseBridge.com where you can register today