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SUDC Insights is the official blog of the SUDC Foundation which shares and discusses issues important to the understanding and the ultimate prevention of SUDC. If you have questions or issues you would like to see addressed in SUDC Insights, please let us know at sudcinsights@sudc.org.

How to Help Someone Through Grief

Losing a child is everyone’s worst nightmare. It’s not the way things are supposed to happen; so how do you support someone you love through something you’re uncomfortable even thinking about? Should you talk about their child? Should you offer advice? While there’s no one path or right answer, there are some important things I’ve learned from working with grieving parents as well as research and reading on the topic. It’s normal to fear making mistakes when helping those who are hurting, but it’s much worse to make the mistake of not trying to help at all. Here are some tips on helping a grieving parent through the experience of loss that I’ve learned along my journey of helping.   

Our accomplishments in 2019 were possible because of you.

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Thank you so much for your support in 2019.Through the generosity of our supporters, the SUDC Foundation continued to advance our mission of promoting awareness, advocating for research, and supporting those affected by sudden unexpected or unexplained death in childhood. I would love to share some of this year’s highlights with you. 

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It’s a number I never thought possible. When my daughter Maria died during a nap, I was told the tragedy of her death was unique. After all, toddlers don’t just die without a reason found, right? Babies do. Young infants do. I was well versed in the tragic statistics of sudden infant death and the risk reduction measures advocated by the American Academy of Pediatrics. But walking, talking, high-energy and exuberantly happy toddlers? No, they don’t just die inexplicably.

Insight from the 2019 Annual Meeting of the National Association of Medical Examiners

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For over 15 years, the SUDC Foundation hasn’t missed the opportunity to attend the National Association of Medical Examiner’s (NAME) meeting. In order to achieve our mission to support those who have suffered the sudden, unexpected death of a child, we first need to connect with them. Medical examiners play a critical role by referring them to us. While pediatric and other medical professionals may be in contact with these bereaved families after the death of their child, medical examiners and coroners most definitely will be. Equally important, we rely on medical examiners and coroners to complete comprehensive investigations and gather crucial data to identify the most accurate causes of death for these children.

What is Complicated Grief?

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Grief is a natural part of life. The often painful and difficult grieving process can be overcome by individuals experiencing it using personalized methods, on their own time, and with minimum complications. There are individuals that can also experience what is referred to as a comorbidity with their grief, such as Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Spotlight on SUDC: Nathan's Story

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Nathan's story is lovingly told by his family.

Nathan came into this world of his own choosing. We had set his induction date for February 9, 2013, (so he could share his birthday with a grandfather he would never meet). However, Nathan decided his own birthday and came into the world at 1:03 am, February 10, 2013 (just missing the date we wanted by 1 hour and 3 mins) and weighing 5lb 12oz. After his birth, we were so happy. Our family was complete. My husband and I had our little girl (who was almost 3) and our baby boy--we didn't need anything else.

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