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Infant Loss Group Celebrates 1st Anniversary

On Dec. 22, Share Southern Vermont, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support celebrated one year of service to the grieving communities of Brattleboro, Rutland, Charlestown, Bennington and all points in-between.

In addition to monthly support meetings, they set the bar high for their novel year hosting four first annual events. Those who attended the Walk for Hope and Remembrance (May 2009), Wave of Light Candle Ceremony (Oct.), Bowling for Babies (Nov.) family friendly fundraiser, or purchased an angel ornament during the holiday drive (Dec.) felt the impact of SSV's efforts.

After receiving 501 c 3 nonprofit status, SSV set lofty goals for the New Year. In addition to writing grants, securing funds for board member training and working closely with delivering hospital's medical staff, SSV now offers PALS, another monthly support group. It stands for Pregnancy & Parenting After Loss Support.

Cara Tyrrell, the founding director says, "We know our mission: to support grieving parents by meeting them where they currently need the most support. This 'place' changes over time. Just as some parents weave in and out of meetings depending on how they are feeling that month, others reach a place where attending the grief/loss support group becomes uncomfortable for a time. This typically happens when the couple becomes pregnant again, especially when the mother begins to show."

If you are currently pregnant, actively trying, or are parenting your child after loss and find you have overwhelming emotions you would like to share with others in similar situations; we offer a safe place to do so.

Gretchen Lunderville, mother to Noah - 9 years in heaven, and two living children: Jackson 7 and Tessa 5, has lovingly agreed to facilitate this group. As an SSV board member she has access to the resources you need. If you have questions or would like to talk please email her at glunderville@yahoo.com.

The PALS meeting is the third Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m., at the Whiting Library in Chester.

The grief and loss support group, continues to meet on the second Wednesday of the month in the Whiting Library at 7 p.m. Anyone who has lost a child is welcome to attend. Grieving parents are welcome at both meetings as each provide a place to bring pieces of your story.

If you want to know more about SSV, meeting times and locations, or make a donation visit www.sharesouthernvermont,blogspot.com or email Cara at sharesouthernvermont@gmail.com.

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