Monroe County, NY Resources

211/Life Line: A 24 hour emergency hotline in Monroe County with trained specialists offering crisis counseling, human service information, referrals and short term counseling. 275-5151 or 211

Healthy Baby Network: Call for references for grief counselors and other services.

  • (585) 546-4930

Support Groups

Parent Link: Offers support for those who have experienced sudden and unexpected death of an infant or pregnancy loss. 

Face 2 Face -  Rochester: An informal group lead by moms who have been through infant loss. Group focuses on miscarriage/stillbirth/infant loss.
  • Meetings are 2nd and 4th Tuesdays -- check Facebook page for date/time/location
  • (585) 454-9299
  • Co-Leaders -- Melissa Ippolito, Stephanie Brown & Jenn Rose Stremich

Compassionate Friends: For parents who have lost a child of any age.

  • Meetings are the Second and Fourth Tuesdays of every month  7pm-9pm
  • Contact: Brenda Schmidt, Chapter Leader --
  • Website:
  • No Fee – donations are appreciated 

A Caring Place: A bereavement program designed for children, teens and families who have lost a loved one. Age-related support groups led by professional facilitators with experience helping children and teens deal with their grief.

  • Eight weekly sessions. Call for dates of the next series.
  • Contact: Lori Newland (585) 475-8825 or 475-8800
  • Lifetime Care – The Center for Compassion and Healing

3111 Winton Rd South, Rochester 14623

  • Website:

  • No Fee – donations are appreciated

Kids Adjusting Through Support (KATS): Provides free, compassionate, support and educational services to children and families coping with loss or serious illness.

  • Eight weekly sessions offered in Spring and Fall. Call for registration and meeting location.
  • (585) 624-5555 x 3203
  • Camp Good Days & Special Times

1332 Pittsford Mendon Rd, Mendon 14506

Internet Resources

First Candle – or 800-221-7437

  • National Sudden Infant Death and Infant Death Support Center.
  • 24/7 Grief Counselors available

Faces of Loss, Faces of

  • A place for survivors of miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant loss to come together, share their stories and their faces, connect with others who have been through similar experiences, feel “normal,” and know they are not alone.

Grieve Out

  • A place where the bereaved can find everything they need as they cope with their loss, including memorial items, care packages, loss book reviews, loss support through our Pen-Pal Program, as well as a extensive resource page of other web resources that exist for the purpose of assisting you in your healing and keeping your baby’s memory alive.

H.A.N.D (Helping After Neonatal Death)

  • Helping cope with the loss of a baby before, during or after birth

A Heartbreaking

  • For parents who have interrupted their pregnancies after poor prenatal diagnosis

M.E.N.D (Mommies Enduring Neonatal Death)

  • Reaches out to those who have lost a child due to miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant death. A bi-monthly newsletter is available.


  • Provides immediate and ongoing support to grieving families, empowerment through community volunteerism opportunities, public policy and legislative education and programs to reduce infant and toddler death through research and education.

A Place to

  • Uplifting support resources for those who have been touched by a crisis in pregnancy or the death of a baby.


  • The mission of Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, Inc. is to serve those whose lives are touched by the tragic death of a baby through early pregnancy loss, stillbirth or the first few months of life.

Remembering Our

  • Providing support, education and awareness for those who are suffering or may know someone who has suffered a miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, a stillbirth or the loss of an infant.

A Blog for Fathers When a Baby Dies

  • A blog from a father’s perspective on grief.


Empty Arms by Sherokee Ilse – Coping with miscarriage, stillbirth and infant death. Surviving the first hours and beyond.

Empty Cradle, Broken Heart by Deborah L. Davis, Ph.D. – Discusses the heartache of miscarriage, stillbirth and infant loss. This book is for parents who are grieving and looking for encouragement.  

Water Bugs & Dragon Flies by Doris Stickney – Explaining death to young children

Life Touches Life by Lorraine Ash – Covers loss, heartbreak and hope – dealing specifically with her stillborn daughter, but can relate to all babyloss.

Keepsake Resources

My Forever

  • Keepsakes and Jewelry for remembrance, healing and hope.

Baby Photo Retouching

  • Transforms your precious baby photos through digital technology to correct some of the damaged image.

The Comfort

  • Unique keepsakes and gifts

Metal Stamped

  • Baby & Child Loss Remembrance Jewelry including Necklaces, Bracelets, & Rings

Info for When a Friend's Baby Dies

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