Parents

Most parents who experience the death of a child describe the pain that follows as the most intense they have ever experienced. Many parents wonder if they will be able to tolerate the pain, to survive it, and to be able to feel that life has meaning again. The intense pain that SIDS/SUID parents experience may be eased somewhat if they know what has helped other families overcome a similar grief.

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Support Meetings

The Iowa SIDS Foundation provides several grief support meetings across the state of Iowa.  The support groups are led by Foundation volunteers that have been affected by a SIDS or SUID death.  These are not professional counseling sessions, rather an opportunity for families to connect, share their experiences and coping strategies, and to provide support to others as applicable.

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Grandparents

For grandparents, a grandchild's death creates a "double" grief.

From the moment you became a parent yourself, you have sought to protect your child from the pain and sorrows in life. Mostly, you have been successful, you have had the ability to solve problems, the power to lessen hurts. Suddenly your adult child is facing a pain far deeper than any other pain in life. It may be deeper than anything that you have ever experienced, or perhaps you can understand this sorrow because you, too, have lost a child.

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Children

Brothers and sisters will also be affected deeply by the death of the baby. Smaller children who are too young for explanations need only to be shown love and affection by their parents. They may have some very frightening thoughts that they cannot express.

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