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Frequently Asked Questions
What is your organization all about?
We are dedicated to helping all family members, including parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, and others, cope with infant and pregnancy loss. We offer help no matter how long ago the loss occurred.
Do you charge?
We offer immediate assistance and help at no charge. Our work is funded through the generous donations of those who understand the importance of supporting families now and in the future.
What kinds of losses have NechamaComfort clients experienced?
Clients have experienced early miscarriage, late term miscarriage, ectopic pregnancies, medical interruption, stillbirth, twin or high-order birth loss, newborn death, and a child who passes away any time up to age one.
Why is this kind of loss different from other losses?
People aren’t used to this type of loss. They are uncomfortable and often don’t know what to say or do. We are used to hearing about older people dying, and, when they do, we have concrete memories of their lives. With infant and pregnancy loss, there are only unfulfilled dreams, hopes and “what-ifs”.
What Jewish rituals should be considered in a loss situation?
There are several things to consider in any Jewish loss situation. We can help you navigate the choices:
· Naming the baby
· Preparation and burial
· Shiva or other formal time for mourning
· Lighting Shabbat candles
Am I allowed to hold my child and take pictures?
If the child has not reached the age of 30 days, parents have the choice to hold the baby, take pictures of the baby, and even make handprints and footprints. In some cases, these choices are available for older babies as well. These practices are encouraged to help families create concrete memories of their child.