Grief: Coping with SIDS

Grief and Bereavement- How to Cope with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

For those who have experienced a sudden infant death, you’re not alone. While you might not know of others in your position, there are a number of other parents who’ve been where you’re now, comprehend your grief and are accessible to speak to you. A lot of individuals locate accepting the support supplied by those comfortable with the grieving process helps them during this most difficult time.

The Department’s SIDS/Infant Mortality Program sends a letter and package of information on SIDS and infant death and despair and support resources to be sent to a household or child care provider. The package may contain:

  • Condolence letter
  • Bereavement Support Resource Directories
  • You’re Not Alone… Surviving the Death of a Infant booklet, SIDS of Illinois, Inc.
  • Parents’ Despair pamphlet, by Carol Parrott, R.N.
  • Healing a Father’s Grief pamphlet, by William H. Schatz.
  • Sibling Grief pamphlet, by Marcia G. Scherago, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.

Sudden Infant Death Services of Illinois, Inc. (SIDS of Illinois, Inc.) is a nonprofit organization that brings together volunteers and professionals to provide compassionate and substantive support services to families and people who suffer the death of an infant. Through the coordination of referrals, SIDS of Illinois, Inc. and other agencies can create support and nurture the needs of grieving families. A toll-free number is accessible to all those wanting support. Call 800 432 SIDS to talk to a bereavement support specialist. To find out more, see the SIDS of Illinois, Inc. web site at

A local health department public health nurse can also supply support to families. The nurse is trained to listen and share advice. The nurse can react to the requirements family members, including siblings and close relatives. The nurse can make arrangements for a house visit and offer families with grief counseling and make referrals when appropriate. Visits and support services will continue for as long as the family as well as the nurse feel are desired.

Support groups are offered through the state to help parents, families and friends cope together with the loss of a baby as well as the grieving process. Althoughsupport groups aren’t in every county, the SIDS/Infant Mortality Program will help identify support groups most geographically accessible. For a listing of support groups in your area, contact 217 557 2931.