ParentCare is a support group made up of Parents Helping Parents who have suffered the loss of a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or early infant death up to 28 days. The group meets on the third Thursday of every month to share experiences, exchange information, and generally support one another through a difficult and often lonely time.
Any parent, family member or friend that has been touched by the loss of a baby is welcome to attend. Meetings take place in a relaxed and supportive environment with confidentiality assured.
Edmonton Baby Loss Support Group Meetings
ParentCare meets the third Thursday of every month from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Mother Rosalie Health Services Centre
16930 – 87 Avenue,
The Dragonfly Story
Once, in a little pond, in the muddy water under the lily pads, there lived a little water beetle in a community of water beetles. They lived a simple and comfortable life in the pond with few disturbances and interruptions.
Once in a while, sadness would come to the community when one of their fellow beetles would climb the stem of a lily pad and would never be seen again. They knew when this happened; their friend was dead, gone forever.
Then, one day, one little water beetle felt an irresistible urge to climb up that stem. However, he was determined that he would not leave forever. He would come back and tell his friends what he had found at the top.
When he reached the top and climbed out of the water onto the surface of the lily pad, he was so tired, and the sun felt so warm, that he decided he must take a nap. As he slept, his body changed and when he woke up, he had turned into a beautiful blue-tailed dragonfly with broad wings and a slender body designed for flying.
So, fly he did! And, as he soared he saw the beauty of a whole new world and a far superior way of life to what he had never known existed.
Then he remembered his beetle friends and how they were thinking by now he was dead. He wanted to go back to tell them, and explain to them that he was now more alive than he had ever been before. His life had been fulfilled rather than ended.
But, his new body would not go down into the water. He could not get back to tell his friends the good news. Then he understood that their time would come, when they, too, would know what he now knew. So, he raised his wings and flew off into his joyous new life!
Power of the Bear
Sadly, everyday families leave our local hospitals, with empty arms and a broken heart because they have lost their precious baby. Staff at the hospitals give a teddy bear to help fill those empty arms. These teddies are given, never to replace, but to represent a very wanted, loved baby.
You may have received a bear when you lost your baby and have experienced some of the healing the bear provided. If you would like to donate a teddy in your child's memory, please bring one to ParentCare and we will forward them to the hospitals.
We have special handmade tags available that you can attach to your bear. You may then personalize it with your own message and possibly your child's name.
Teddy bear requirements:
- Brand new
- Med sized - Not too big - 20" maximum - small is ok as these are used for families that have an earlier loss
- Simple bears are the best - not too cheerful an expression, no clothes, no logos (i.e. - no breast cancer bears or sport teams), neutral colours (i.e. brown, crème, white)
- Something huggable and durable (these bears are slept with and cried with for years)