Support Groups

Time helps the healing, but it alone is not the answer. There are a variety of sources you can turn to for support, both from NISSA and from other organizations.
 
M.I.S.S. Foundation (Spokane)
Infant Death Support Group
MISS is committed to providing support to families in crisis after the death of their child from any cause.  MISS is a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization committed to the memory of children who lived, who died, and who continue- even in death- to matter.  The monthly support group is for peer contact, a safe haven to share, honor and remember our children.
The group meets every 1st Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm.
For more information, please contact the MISS Spokane Chapter at (509) 244-2909 ext. 35 or visit www.spokanemissfoundation.org

P.S./Parent Support (Greater Seattle Area)
P.S./Parent Support is a drop-in support group for parents who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss.  If you have any questions about the group or the Parent Support program, please contact them at info@psofpugetsound.org.  You can also look at their website, www.psofpugetsound.org. 
The P.S./Parent Support group meets every third Wednesday evening of each month at 7:00-9:00pm.
The Sequoia Room
Verdant Health Commission
4710 - 196th Street S.W.
Lynnwood, WA 98036

Journey Program for Grief and Loss (Greater Seattle Area)
Seattle Children's Hospital

4800 Sandpoint Way,
Seattle WA 98105
206.987.3665
journey.program@seattlechildrens.org

Swedish/Edmonds Hospital Bereavement Program (Edmonds)
Auditorium C, Fourth Floor
21601 76th Ave West,
Edmonds, WA 98026
Kathy, Group Coordinator 425.640.4404


Mary Bridge Grief & Loss Support (Tacoma)
317 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Tacoma, WA 98405
253.403.1837

Bridges: A Center for Grieving Children (Tacoma)
310 North K Street
Tacoma, WA 98405
253.272.8266


 
Other Support Groups

Compassionate Friends
Through a network of more than 625 chapters with locations in all 50 states, as well as Washington DC and Puerto Rico, the Compassionate Friends has been supporting bereaved families after the death of a child for four decades.

GriefShare: Grief Recovery Support
GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life's most difficult experiences. GriefShare seminars and support groups come highly recommended by some of our SIDS families. See their website for groups that meet across the US.

Hospice of Spokane
Hospice of Spokane has a wonderful support group for parents that have lost a child and offer a separate one for children grades 1-12 along with a summer camp.

Journey Program at Children's Hospital
The Journey Program is a grief support program for families whose child has died. This program offers bereavement education and training for the community. Support groups meet on alternate Wednesday evenings from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. at 70th and Sand Point. Please call 206-987-2062 for exact room location.

Parent Support of Puget Sound
Parent Support provides support for anyone who has experienced the loss of a child through stillbirth, miscarriage, or newborn death. Local support group times and meeting locations are located on their website, or call 206-782-0054 for more information.

Stevens Hospital Bereavement Program
Stevens Hospital (located at 21601 76th Avenue W, Edmonds, WA 98026) offers a variety of services for people in the community who are grieving after the death of a loved one. See their website for information on support groups, workshops, events, and referral services or call 425-640-4404 for more information.

The SUDC Program
SUDC is the sudden and unexpected death of a child over the age of twelve months, which remains unexplained after a thorough case investigation is conducted. Services include a peer support program, an internet based e-mail support group, telephone conference calls, and a pen pal program. Please call 1-800-620-SUDC for more information.

TEARS Foundation
The TEARS support group is for parents who have lost an infant and meets on the 4th Wednesday of every month from 7-9pm at St. Mary's Episcopal Church (10630 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW, Lakewood, WA. 98499). This is an open group with a discussion topic each month for bereaved families to discuss. Please call 253-200-0944 if you have any questions about this group.