We are a support group for parents who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, or early infant loss. Our meetings are designed to help a parent sort through the grief process in a safe environment among others who have experienced similar losses. Each meeting is facilitated by a parent who has experienced loss and a professional (nurse, doctor, social worker, or chaplain).
How can we help?
Parents who experience the death of a baby often seek to validate their feelings – is what they feel normal and legitimate, or have they responded in an inappropriate manner? They often have many difficult decisions to make without previous experience to guide them. Often, the grief and loss felt by parents when a baby dies during the pregnancy or in the first few months of life is not understood and/or accepted by society. Even friends and family members sometime have difficult understanding the depth of emotion and grief bereaved parents may be experiencing. Parents are often expected to just pick up the pieces and move on. Other, who have not seen or touched the baby, do not understand that a very real member of the family has died. Often the grief and loss felt by the parents is not understood. The baby is quickly forgotten by others, leaving parents alone in their grief. The subsequent isolation may create difficulties in the expression of feelings, which can unnecessarily prolong the time of grieving. We provide a strong, supportive atmosphere where members can share their experiences, thoughts, and feelings. Parents learn that the deeply felt, long-lasting feelings are normal. They gain a sense of wholeness when they realize that their pain and grief is not unique, but rather is something which nearly all bereaved parents feel.
When/Where do we meet?
We meet at TriStar Centennial Women’s & Children’s Hospital in the Administrative Board Room on the first floor at 7:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday evenings in the month (except November and December). Walk in the front door of TriStar Centennial Women’s & Children’s Hospital and turn left before the elevators to the Administrative office. There will be SHARING signs posted. The group is free and open to all individuals who have experienced a perinatal loss. All meetings are informal and participation in the conversation is voluntary. No registration is required. The group will not meet if Metro schools are out due to inclement weather.
We are excited to share with you of a Grant opportunity to erect The Angel of Hope statue at one of our community parks. We would like to measure support in our community. If you support this idea, can you please sign our petition and share like crazy through social media?
We wholeheartedly believe that this would provide a sacred space for us to remember our beloved children throughout the year.
Here’s the link to the petition:
Lastly we would like to kindly remind you about our support meeting schedule. I apologize for any confusion about the “topic” calendar that we associated with each meeting. These topics are used as a springboard if needed in the conversation flow. The floor is always open to discuss any feeling that you are feeling – any thoughts that you are thinking.
Please note that there are some specific meetings such as: grief writing/art workshops held on 3/28 and 5/22, crafting memories workshop on 4/24 and 10/23 and a physican in attendance on 6/26.
1/9/2014 Jennifer Hicks/Nancy Huguley: Early Pregnancy Loss
1/23/2014 Susan Charest/ Jennifer Hicks:Loss of a Newborn
2/14/2014 Nancy Huguley: When a Baby is Born Still
2/27/2014 Susan Charest: Understanding the Grief Process
3/14/2014 Nancy Huguley: Ways to Support a Parent
3/28/2014 Susan Charest: Grief Writing Workshop
4/10/2014 Nancy Huguley: Father’s Grief
4/24/2014 Mary Barnes: Creating Memories: Craft workshop
5/8/2014 Nancy Huguley: Children’s Grief
5/22/2014 Susan Charest: Releasing Grief through Art
6/12/2014 Nancy Huguley: Early Pregnancy Loss
6/26/2014 OB Physician TBD: Discuss pregnancy complications
7/10/2014 Nancy Huguley: The Loss of a Newborn
7/24/2014 TBD: When A Baby is Born Still
8/14/2014 Nancy Huguley: Understanding the Grief Process
8/28/2014 Susan Charest: Book Review/Available in Library
9/11/2014 Nancy Huguley: Ways to Support a Parent
9/25/2014 TBD: Father’s Grief
10/4/2014 WALK FOR REMEMBRANCE
10/9/2014 Nancy Huguley: Children’s Grief
10/23/2014 Mary Barnes: Creating Memories: Craft Workshop
11/13/2014 Nancy Huguley: Surviving the Holidays
11/27/2014 NO MEETING (Thanksgiving)
12/11/2014 CANDLELIGHT CEREMONY
12/25/2014 NO MEETING (Christmas)
We wanted to encourage you to come as you are. We’re here for you.
Here is a song (click hyperlink) : DANCE IN MY DREAMS that has been dedicated to all those families that have an angel baby.
All proceeds from ITunes will benefit our national organization: National Share Pregnancy & Infant Loss, Inc.
Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 7:00 P.M. Our topic will be: Understanding Grief
Thursday, November 28, 2013 - NO MEETINGS, Thanksgiving
Thursday, December 12th, 2013 at 7:00 P.M. Candlelight Cermony Event Hosted by Tri-Star Centennial Hospital. This event is beautifully orchestrated where each baby’s name is announced, and a candle is lit. The night ends in tradition with a special personalized ornament gifted to the parents. This will be held in the banquet hall with a dinner buffet provided. More information on event/registration will be posted soon.
Thursday, December 26th: - NO MEETING, Christmas.
Our normal schedule resumes – The second Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. and the fourth Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. All meetings are at Tri-Star Centennial Women’s Hospital on the first floor, board room. Look for “SHARING” signs posted at the hospital.
Writing has been very therapeutic for me during times of loss. Words are able to give names to raw feelings and the spaces in between the words allow for contemplation. For in contemplation, I’m able to find new words of light and truth. I find healing.
I would like to invite you to a Grief Writing Workshop that will be held on September 26th, at TriStar Centennial Women’s & Children’s Hospital at 7:00 p.m. This workshop is free, and offered to those families that have experienced a loss of a child (less than one year of age). It will be instructed by Susan Charest, on behalf of SHARING of Middle Tennessee.
This will be a safe setting where we’ll discuss our grief, and journal on specific writing prompts. You don’t need to be a poet or writer and we’ll provide the journal and pen. We simply would love for you to gather with us in community.
Registration is needed – please register by sending an email, letting us know how many will attend to:
TriStar Centennial Women’s & Children’s Hospital address:
2221 Murphy Ave, Nashville, TN 37201
There will be signs ‘SHARING’ by the elevator, to direct you.
Tri-Star Centennial Hospital hosted it’s 8th Annual Candlelight Ceremony for the SHARING of Middle Tennessee on December 13, 2012. It’s was a very special night where peace and love filled the candle-lit room as we remembered and honored our babies. Each family received a precious ornament with their baby’s name inscribed.