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If you have experienced a sudden infant death, you are not alone. While you may not know of others in your situation, there are many other parents who have been where you are now, understand your sorrow and are available to talk with you.  Many people find accepting the support provided by those familiar with the grieving process helps them during this most difficult time.

The Department’s SIDS/Infant Mortality Program sends a letter and packet of information on SIDS and infant death and grief and support resources to be sent to a family and/or child care provider. The packet may include:

  • Condolence letter
  • Bereavement Support Resource Directories
  • You Are Not Alone…Surviving the Death of a Baby brochure, SIDS of Illinois, Inc.
  • Parents' Grief booklet, by Carol Parrott, R.N.
  • Healing a Father’s Grief booklet, by William H. Schatz
  • Sibling Grief booklet, 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 meaningful support services to families and individuals who suffer the death of an infant. Through the coordination of referrals, SIDS of Illinois, Inc. and other agencies can establish support and foster the needs of grieving families. A toll-free number is available to those needing support. Call 800-432-SIDS to speak with a bereavement support specialist. For more information, visit the SIDS of Illinois, Inc. website at  
A local health department public health nurse also can provide support to families. The nurse is trained to listen and share information. The nurse can respond to the needs of family members, including siblings and close relatives. The nurse can make arrangements for a home visit and provide families with grief counseling and make referrals when appropriate. Visits and support services will continue for as long as the family and the nurse feel are needed.
Support groups are available throughout the state to help parents, families and friends cope with the loss of a baby and the grieving process. Althoughsupport groups are not in every county, the SIDS/Infant Mortality Program will help identify support groups most geographically accessible. For a listing of support groups in your region, contact 217-557-2931.

Other organizations also may provide support:

535 West Jefferson Street • Springfield, Illinois 62761
Phone 217-782-4977 • Fax 217-782-3987 • TTY 800-547-0466
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