Infant Loss

The loss of a child is the most difficult thing parents ever face.  No matter where you were in your life with your child - pregnancy, delivery, or the first weeks and months after delivery - the death of your baby has changed your life forever.  From the moment you found out about this new and growing life, you had plans for him or her, and were excited to welcome this new baby into the world.  It likely never crossed your mind that this devastating loss could happen. 

Piedmont Healthcare offers our deepest sympathy to you in this difficult time.  There are no words that can assuage your pain and grief.  What we offer to you in this section are resources for your journey.  Our biggest partner in helping families who have suffered this devastating loss is Rachel’s Gift.  There is a link to their website on this page with many good resources as well. 

At Piedmont Fayette, we have some in hospital resources to help both while you are in the hospital and after you are home: 

  • Annual Memorial Services:  Each year, during the holiday season in November/December, Women’s Services and the Spiritual Care Services Department host a Memorial Service for all the families who have experienced the loss of an infant.  If you choose to participate, this service will remember your child by name and provide some outlet for the heartache that families feel especially around the holidays.  
     
  • Memorial Area in the Chapel:  Our chapel is open to families at all times.  As you enter the chapel, you will see a corner with a painting of the leaf and teardrop symbol that you have seen here at Piedmont Fayette Hospital.  Under that painting is a statue of a baby wrapped in wings, and poems from other parents whose children died before, during, or shortly after birth.  Please feel free to use our chapel as a place of remembrance, prayer, or contemplation.
     
  • Chaplains:  Piedmont Fayette Hospital has a dedicated staff of chaplains who would be willing to talk with you at any time.  Our chaplains are trained and experienced in listening to families and offering comfort to those who are grieving.  Feel free to contact the chaplain’s office at 770-719-7037. 
     
  • Support Groups:  Rachel’s Gift Infant Loss Support Group meets at Piedmont Fayette Hospital the fourth Thursday of every month at 7 PM in the 1279 Building, 3rd floor, Conference Room B.  This group is led by a Licensed Professional Counselor and is open to all grieving family members.  Dates for 2016 are: June 23, July 28, August 25, September 22, October 27, November (17 (moved because of Thanksgiving) and December 22.
     
  • Private Memorial Services/Celebration of Life Services:  If at any time, you would like to do a special service to honor your baby, the Chaplain’s office would be willing to help you with resources, plans, or conducting the service.  Please call at 770-719-7037.

 

To the Child in my Heart


Precious, tiny, sweet little one
You will always be to me
So perfect, pure and innocent
Just as you were meant to be.

We dreamed of you and your life
And all that it would be
We waited and longed for you to come
And join our family.

But now you're gone... but yet you're here
We'll sense you everywhere
You are our sorrow and our joy
There's love in every tear.

Just know our love goes deep and strong
We'll forget you never-
The child we had, but never had,
And yet will have forever.

Author unknown.

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