Vessel is Me is a Ugandan Not-for profit organization that offers grief support group to help grieving and bereaved parents, families and friends after pregnancy and infant loss as well as couples dealing with fertility issues. These groups encourage mutual support and understanding by providing an environment where participants can discuss topics related to grief, explore feelings and learn coping strategies. Losing a baby is the most devastating experience a parent can go through. Parents who have lost a baby at whatever age need all the support they can get.
WE WANT TO HELP YOU THROUGH THE PAIN AND SORROW.
It can be difficult to hear other people’s stories when newly grieving, so we encourage you to consider first participating in individual counseling or to wait a few months after your loss to participate in a support group.
Most support groups are offered both during the day and evening and there is no fee to attend. However registration is required.
Mother’s grief support group
Mens’ grief support group
The journey continues: grief support in the second year
Child & Adolescent grief support” children need help to understand life and dealing with loss of a loved one, all sorts of character differences developed after a loss if not dealt with carefully.
Postpartum Depression: 1 in 7 women suffer from this and the whole “but you have a baby” doesn’t help them much.
Perinatal loss support hospital and Birth professional training:
This training equips nurses, chaplains, social workers, physicians, doulas, volunteers and caregivers to implement a more comprehensive family- centred approach to caring for families facing a perinatal loss or life- limitng diagnosis in pregnancy with the following learner results
- Providing support for families facing a fatal diagnosis in pregnancy, including meeting with families to help create a birth plan to fit their individual needs.
- Walking with families through the journey, encouraging the family to cherish the gift of time with their baby, whether for a moment or for several months, offering continued support.
- Trained perinatal loss support doulas(support companions) to offer emotional and /or spiritual support during labor and delivery and encouraging/ assisting family in making memories with baby as much or as little involvement as desired by the families.
- Provide mementos: baby gown, photo frame, album etc
- Capture the precious time with the baby through remembrance photography
- Follow up support for families including a monthly support group at our facilities and on e-to –one peer support,if desired
ER and OR training will focus on the needs of bereaved parents who experience loss prior t0 20 weeks. This program is parent=patient centred and focuses on providing compassionate care for bereaved parents, offering options that help foster memory- making opportunities and allow for parent involvement.
Training materials, memory- making items, video and power point presentation will be provided to the hospital for losses from conception to infancy. With many birth/perinatal loss simulation demonstration exercise.
Work shops are educational in focus, providing information on a specific topic with an opportunit for participants to ask questions. There is no fee to attend, however registration is required
- Grief pathways- beginning the journey
- Remembering your child
- Hope for the holidays: these are offered to understand how to cope with the holidays
- Keeping memories alive- create a keepsake
- Music for the journey- remembering through a song
- Finding Life after loss
- Writing for healing
Why do we need grief or bereavement groups?
- Provides Hope; grief is a winding road were no two roads are the same, gathering in a group allow people who are early in their journey to connect with those who are much further along. Gathering shows that it’s possible to feel joy again. For those further along, sharing their healing process provides important affirmation to themselves and confirms the group is helpful resource.
- You are not alone. The reminder that you are not alone! Grieving can be lonely, isolating.
- A different perspective: By listening and learning, you may come away with some useful perspectives to help you move along on your grief journey
- Giving back: As humans we have innate need to belong, to be part of a tribe or group. This survival instinct has served us well for many years. Following a loss, you may feel alone or left out, different than others because of your grief. Finding a group that understands and accepts you can be important step in your healing. No one wants to be in the grief club, but once you’re in the club, you may find comfort in surrounding yourself with other members.
At Vessel Is Me we want bereaved and their loved ones to know that no matter what happens during an end of life situation, they are not alone and they have a hand to hold.