Brief Encounters


Bereaved Families

All local (to Portland, OR) resources are marked with a star.

A Bed for My Heart

A place to rest your grieving heart and let its truth spill outside the covers.

A Place to Remember

Offers resources for infant loss, including books, announcements, memory boxes, and materials for dads, grandparents, siblings and caregivers.

Alive Alone

For bereaved parents whose only child or all children have died. This site provides a self-help network and newsletter to promote communication and healing.

Alliance of Grandparents, a Support in Tragedy (AGAST)

Dedicated to helping grandparents through the trauma, stress and grief after the loss of a grandchild.

Baby Steps

Named after the baby steps that form the long and difficult road to recovery from the loss of a child.

Bereaved Parents of the USA (BPUSA)

Offers support, care, and compassion for bereaved parents, siblings, and grandparents.

Butterfly’s Touch, A

An Oregon-based, non-profit Christian organization providing support to parents whose lives have been impacted by the heartbreaking loss of a child to early pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or newborn death.

Center for Loss in Multiple Birth

Supports parents who have experienced the death of one or more twins or higher multiples at any time from conception through birth, infancy and childhood.

Centering Corporation

A non-profit organization dedicated to providing education and resources for the bereaved, including bereaved parents and siblings.

Comfort Zone Camp

A nonprofit camp for siblings and children (age 7-17) coping with the loss of a sibling or parent.

Dougy Center for Grieving Children

Provides support in a safe place where children, teens and their families grieving a death can share their experiences as they move through their grief process.

Ectopic Pregnancy Trust

Established to raise awareness of ectopic pregnancies amongst women of childbearing age, the medical profession and the general public.

Facts About Miscarriage

Offers information and support for those experiencing or who have experienced a miscarriage.

Grief Watch/Perinatal Loss

Offers spiritual, emotional and other support to persons who are grieving through bereavement resources, memorial items, and links. The site and its resources are all created by, for, or in memory of someone who has gone through the process of perinatal loss or bereavement.

Group B Strep Association

Dedicated to the fight against GBS infection by serving the public as a resource of information and support.

Griefnet

Offers e-mail support groups for the bereaved including parents, siblings, and grandparents. It also offers a wide variety of bereavement related content including a comprehensive resource guide of bereavement organizations and a sister Web site for bereaved children, KIDSAID.

Grief Recovery Online (GROWW)

Offers wide variety of grief and bereavement resources.

Glow In The Woods

For parents of lost babies and potential of all kinds. In the beginning you stagger, disoriented, through this storm. We want to be a glow through the trees, a golden refuge of log and glass.

Hayden’s Helping Hands

Hayden’s Helping Hands assists Oregon families after the birth of a stillborn baby by paying for a portion or all of their hospital delivery medical expenses.

HELLP Syndrome

Offers information and support on Hemolysis, Elevated Liver, Low Platelet (HELLP) Syndrome and pregnancy-induced hypertension, a condition that affects both mother and child.

Hygeia

Enables the exchange of stories and thoughts on message boards and in a private, international e-mail community between those who have experienced a pregnancy loss, intrauterine death, stillborn infant, or other perinatal, neonatal and early childhood loss.

INCIID

The InterNational Council on Infertility Information Dissemination, a nonprofit organization that helps individuals and couples explore their family-building options. INCIID provides current information and immediate support regarding the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of infertility and pregnancy loss, and offers guidance to those considering adoption or child-free lifestyles.

In Mourning Band Campaign

An effort to change the way our culture mourns. The MISS Foundation, in association with the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Foundation, has designed the “In Mourning Band,” a black wristband intended to serve as an outward symbol of a person who is newly bereaved.

Lactation Resources

Breast Pumps

For bereaved mothers who would like to donate breast milk to the Northwest Mothers Milk Bank, but don’t have a pump, we have a few used, very good condition, double electric breast pumps available for loan (with new tubing) at the Peace House. For information, please email pat@tearsoup.com. For all questions about donor eligibility and requirements, please contact the NW Mothers Milk Bank directly: 417 SW 117th Ave #105, Portland, OR 97225 | (503) 469-0955 | www.nwmmb.org.

Stopping Lactation

Resources for bereaved mothers who would like to learn about how to stop lactation (dry up milk supply)

Loss of All in Multiple Birth Support

Closed Facebook support group for those who have had a complete loss of multiples (twins, triplets, quadruplets or higher).  If you are having problems joining, email the moderator for assistance: cynthia.jenks@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/groups/48981640918/

Mommies Enduring Neonatal Death (MEND)

A Christian not-for-profit corporation whose purpose is to reach out to those who have lost a child due to miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant death through support groups, a quarterly newsletter and Web site.

Mothers in Support and Sympathy (MISS) Foundation

A non-profit organization providing immediate and ongoing support to grieving families and caregivers.

National Share Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support, Inc.

Share serves those who have experienced the death of a baby due to early pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or in the first few months of life.

National SIDS/Infant Death Resource Center

Provides information services and technical assistance on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and related topics with a goal of promoting an understanding of SIDS and providing comfort to those affected by SIDS through information sharing.

National Stillbirth Society

Works to “educate, agitate and legislate” for greater stillbirth awareness, research and reform.

Nora Madelyn Fund for Infant and Child Loss

An Oregon-based, non-profit fund that provides resources to families who have experienced pregnancy loss or the death of a child. Recognizing the emotional impact on medical professionals and caregivers who attend to these families, Nora’s Fund also provides support and educational resources to assist these professionals and caregivers in their work.

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

Through its nationwide network of professional photographers, Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep will arrange a tasteful private sitting at the hospital with no charge for any services or pictures.

Oregon Chapter of Resolve

(e-mail: resolve_oregon@yahoo.com) offers information, emotional support, referrals, and advocacy for infertile couples, their families, and friends. 24-hour message line: (503) 762-0449.

Resolve: The National Infertility Association

Provides education, advocacy and support for women and men facing infertility, including a help line, a physician referral service, and a monthly magazine.

Silent Grief

Meant to be a safe place of healing, support, and hope during a time of grief, loneliness, and depression. Includes articles, forums and other resources of Christian-based support.

Still Standing

A real magazine for bereaved parents “who just like any other community and walk of life” want to feel normal, connected by a common thread. Though tragic, it is somewhat comforting that we don’t walk these dark paths alone.

Twinless Twins Support Group

Supports twins and other multiples who suffer from the loss of their twin through death or estrangement. is an e-mail list specifically for those who have lost all their children in a multiple birth, whether their loss is recent or years ago.

Willamette Valley Pregnancy & Infant Loss

Providing conversation and support for those in Oregon’s Willamette Valley who lost a little one much too soon. Our in-person support group meets from 7-9 pm on the second Thursday of each month at the Ike Box in downtown Salem, OR. For more information, contact Annie: 503-510-0417 annie@salembirthsupport.com